Real season starts now

Area teams open league play this week, which includes a local showdown between Edison and Marina tonight.

October 13, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Fountain Valley's Montana Merhoff runs upfield during practice Monday.
Fountain Valley's Montana Merhoff runs upfield… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

For five local prep football teams, the prelude is over. Now, it's onto the races.

Beginning today and continuing through the next month, six teams — Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Marina, among them — will duke it out to determine supremacy in the Sunset League, and six other teams — including Ocean View — will clamor about to decide who's king of the Golden West League.

The weekend kicks off tonight with Marina facing Edison and Ocean View taking on Orange at 7 p.m. On Friday, Fountain Valley hosts Los Alamitos in its homecoming game and Huntington Beach travels to meet Newport Harbor, both games also at 7 p.m.

The following is a preview of this weekend's action:

Edison (3-2) vs. Marina (3-2), 7 p.m. tonight at Huntington Beach High: Edison is coming off a bye week and Marina is enjoying its best start to a season since 2003, as the teams collide tonight at Sheue Field. With three wins under its belt, Marina has already equaled its win total of the last two years.


The Vikings are seeking their first since against Edison since 1999.

The Chargers have won or shared the last five Sunset championships.

Marina concluded nonleague play last week with a 20-17 road win at Western. Alex Waked rambled for 224 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Nick Marshall hooked up with receiver Brayde Hill on a touchdown pass to account for the Vikings' scoring.

"We beat a good team in Western and the kids are ready to take the next step," Marina Coach George Pascoe said. "We must still eliminate mistakes in the red zone and learn to bear down when we get close. The (Western) game should not have been so close. Coach (Keith) Laszlo's defensive staff made some great adjustments at halftime and for the most part, shut them down in the second half.

"Playing Edison is always a big deal. They are one of the best programs in the Orange County and this year's team is no exception. All of their guys will be back healthy after a week off. We must play mistake-free football and try to control their offense."

Edison last played two weeks ago. The Chargers have dropped two straight games, including a 27-7 loss to Mater Dei in their last outing.

"We're not very consistent on either side of the ball right now, and Marina's playing very well," Edison Coach Dave White said. "They had a tailback (Waked) who is real good and a receiver (Hill) who is playing real well, and their defense if flying around.

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