Edison owns bell again

Chargers take control early and beat Fountain Valley, 35-17, to win The Bell Game.

November 06, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
(Scott Smeltzer…)

NORWALK — The painted sign that hung on the Edison High side of Falcon Stadium at Cerritos College Friday read, "For whom the bell tolls."

Well, it tolls for thee, Edison.


For a sixth-straight year.

"Hey Rick!" Edison Coach Dave White shouted to assistant coach, Rick Justice, after the game."Make sure they know the bell's right there, baby!"

White then gestured toward the north end zone where the coveted prize that awaits the winner of this annual barn-burner between two longtime and sometimes bitter rivals, Edison and Fountain Valley. There the prize sat as though waiting for someone to give it a ring.

Edison won The Bell Game, handily defeating Fountain Valley, 35-17 in a Sunset League showdown before a crowd of about 9,000.


The suspense from this usually tense, slug-it-out affair was gone almost immediately after Edison stormed to a 14-0 lead just 6:05 gone in the contest.

The Chargers parlayed that quick start into a commanding 28-8 halftime lead. They cruised from there and built the lead to 35-3 early in the second half.

Fountain Valley never quit and scored two touchdowns in the final quarter to make the score more respectable.

The 25-point halftime cushion even surprised White who was coaching his 25th Bell Game.

"It's shocking," he said of his team being in total control by the intermission. "That first half for us was like clockwork. Our offense, defense and special teams haven't all clicked at one time in any game this season, but it did tonight. We had talked about doing that all week and the kids really responded.

"I thought our offensive line did a great job all night. We really controlled things early and had things going our way."

Edison, which won its fourth-straight game to improve to 4-0 in league and 7-2 overall, made it look easy on the game's opening drive. The Chargers moved from their own 20 in eight plays to paydirt. Quarterback Chase Favreau, playing in his first Bell Game, took off on a 36-yard scoring run and Gavin Perdomo's conversion made it 7-0. Favreau ran the ball four times for 53 yard during the drive.

The junior got off to a hot start. In the opening half, he completed seven of nine passes for 125 yards and threw two touchdowns and gained 91 yards on 10 carries.

His first scoring pass came moments after his touchdown run.

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