Chargers seek revenge

Edison takes on Servite, seeking redemption for last year's loss in Pac-5 Division title game.

September 23, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison's Gavin Perdomo (20) recovers a Dana Hills fumble and runs it in for a touchdown during the first quarter of Thursday's game at Huntington Beach High School.
Edison's Gavin Perdomo (20) recovers a Dana Hills… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

When Edison and Servite last clashed on the gridiron, that meeting was played in less than ideal conditions.

On a soggy night and sloppy field last December at Angel Stadium, the two prominent football programs faced off for the biggest of prizes: a CIF Pac-5 Division championship. In the end, the Friars sloshed their way through for a 16-6 victory against a Chargers team they had lost to, 23-9, earlier in the season.

No rain is in the forecast Friday, but expect some heated moments when the teams collide at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

Edison and Servite — ranked fifth and second, respectively, in the CIF Pac-5 Division ??? have met annually during the regular season for the past decade and went on to meet up three times in postseason play in three of those years. The Chargers hold an 8-5 edge in head-to-head meetings during that span.


"It's become a really great rivalry through the years," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Friday should be another great game. We'll be the underdog."

Both teams head into Friday's showdown sporting 3-0 records and both picked up key nonleague wins a week ago: Servite shut out La Habra, 23-0, at Cerritos College and Edison held off a late-charging Dana Hills team, 27-21, at Huntington Beach High.

The Friars got by a La Habra team, ranked No. 1 at the time in the CIF Southwest Division, that was playing without injured quarterback Cody Clements, a Washington State commit. Servite quarterback Cody Pittman threw for just 99 yards with a touchdown pass to Jon Ramos, Sean DeRosa had a one-yard touchdown run and Butch Pauu put the game away with a 13-yard interception return for the game's final score in the fourth quarter.

The Friars defense has given up just two touchdowns in three games.

"Servite's defense is probably as good as anybody's in the (Orange) county," White said. "They are big and they are physical. It will be a challenge for us."

Edison seemed in control of its Sept. 16 game against Dana Hills by breaking out to a 27-7 lead in the third quarter. But a few crucial penalties, and the play of talented quarterback Trent Mason, allowed the Dolphins to climb back into the game. In the end, Edison's defense ??? which gave up its first points of the season in the game ??? came up with a huge stop to end the comeback when lineman Robert Maseand end Charles Burks dragged down Mason on fourth down at the Edison 41 with 48 seconds left to play. The Chargers then ran out the clock.

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