Plenty on line for locals

In addition to Edison and Los Al squaring off for Sunset League crown, four others playing for possible playoff berth.

November 10, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison's Elijah Herrera jumps over Fountain Valley's Jesse Quintana as John Chung attempts to catch up during a game at Cypress College.
Edison's Elijah Herrera jumps over Fountain Valley's… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The 10th week of the prep football season will be an emotional one for the six local schools.

A league championship is on the line for two teams, possible playoff berths are in the cards for three others, possession of a victory trophy will go to one of two longtime rivals and the 10th game in the 2010 campaign will be mark the end of prep careers for several seniors.

The big game tonight has Edison facing Los Alamitos in a showdown for the Sunset League championship. On Friday, Brethren Christian can forge its way into a share of the Academy League title by knocking off defending league and CIF East Valley Division champion St. Margaret's.

Also Friday, Huntington Beach and Marina battle for the perpetual victory trophy in a game that has possible playoff implications for the Oilers, and in another game that also has postseason ramifications, Fountain Valley travels to face Newport Harbor.


Edison (7-2, 4-0) vs. Los Alamitos (7-2, 4-0), 7 p.m. today, Veterans Stadium, Long Beach: Edison Coach Dave White said at the outset of the Sunset League race that Los Alamitos had to be considered the favorite for the title. Los Al Coach John Barnes said Monday that he figured the road to a championship would run through defending-champion Edison.

The outlook from each veteran coach has come to fruition, as both rebounded from rocky finishes in nonleague play to find themselves atop the Sunset standings.

"They're a good team, as always," Barnes said of Edison. This game usually means so much, with so much on the line. In year's past, it was us battling Edison and Esperanza, with any of the three teams emerging as league champion."

Los Alamitos last earned a Sunset League title two years ago when a bizarre finish to the league season left five teams tied for the championship.

Both the Griffins and Chargers have won four straight games to get to this point of the league race.

Los Alamitos struggled in its final two nonleague games, losing to Valley Center and Santa Margarita, and lost a key component when junior running back Nick Richardson went down to a toe injury. Richardson missed three games but returned to the lineup two weeks ago against Newport Harbor. He was used as a decoy in a game the Griffins won with ease, 30-0.

"We've kind of hit our stride after that Santa Margarita loss," Barnes said. "The kids have made some things happen and it's turned out to be a very good season. If we close this out, I think this will be one of the best finishes we've had at this school."

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