Edison opens league with win

Chargers take care of Marina, 24-12, Thursday night.

October 14, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,

HUNTINGTON BEACH — It was just moments after Edison High had defeated Marina, that Chargers Coach Dave White stood near midfield, staring into the still night at Huntington Beach's Cap Sheue Field, as though looking for answers.

It was hardly the look of a coach whose team had just won.

"Marina played harder than we did," he said, although the scoreboard favored Edison, 24-12, Thursday in the Sunset League opener for both teams. "They played hard and my hat's off to them. We're just not a very good football team right now."

Edison, which snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-2 overall, never trailed but had its hands full all night with the Vikings, who fell to 3-3.


The Chargers scored on three big touchdown passes yet an aggressive Marina defense stifled their running game throughout the night, holding it to 40 total yards.

"We didn't run the ball, period," White said. "We had absolutely no run game. Plus, we had a lot of stupid penalties although that's not the first time we've run up a lot of penalties in a game this year. We had a couple of big plays on offense and a few on defense, and that's how we won."

Edison's first big play came midway through the first quarter when sophomore defensive end Trenton Aschoff recovered a muffed punt return by Marina's Brayde Hill at the Marina 45-yard line. The next big play came three snaps later when quarterback Chase Favreau hit a wide open Dejean King for a 45-yard touchdown pass. Gavin Perdomo's conversion gave the Chargers a 7-0 lead.

Favreau had two more big touchdown passes in the game, both to receiver Troy Baljeu. The first came on a 25-yard play that pushed Edison's lead to 14-6 late in the first half, the second on a 35-yard scoring play on a fourth-and-10 call early in the third quarter. Favreau did a pump fake and then found a wide-open Baljeu at the Marina 10. The junior strolled into the end zone and Perdomo's third conversion of the game made it 24-6 with 6:58 left in the third quarter.

Edison was up, 17-6, at the half after Perdomo connected on a 30-yard field goal with 11 seconds left before intermission.

Marina also took advantage of a muffed punt return to score its first touchdown. It happened late in the first quarter when Eli Cabaccang pounced on a fumble by the Chargers' Roland Blackiston at the Edison 45. Three plays later, running back Alex Waked rambled 29 yards to the end zone. The point after failed and the Vikings trailed, 7-6, with 11:43 left in the first half.

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