High School Football: Edison edged by Los Al

Griffins win Sunset League title with a 26-21 victory over Chargers.

November 12, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
(Scott Smeltzer…)

LONG BEACH — Edison High football coach Dave White knew going into Thursday's Sunset League championship game against Los Alamitos what the two keys would be, if his Chargers were to come away with another title.

"We need to not give up the big plays and not turn the ball over," he said, both last week after the Chargers defeated Fountain Valley, and earlier this week as his team prepared for its showdown with the Griffins.

Unfortunately for White, his greatest fears came to light at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

Los Alamitos used two huge plays to score its first two touchdowns, another to set up a third score and one final, long play to seal a 26-21 victory to dethrone Edison as league champion.

"I told you," White said after the game, after his young, injury-riddled Chargers had fought the Griffins to the final gun.

"They've got the guys who can make the big play, and they did just that," he continued. "We gave up some big plays when we appeared to have them where we wanted them, and that's the difference in the game.


"Our kids played their fannies off. We're a young team without many returners back from last year, and they (Los Alamitos) have a lot of returners back. I'm proud of our guys."

The Griffins, who went undefeated in league (5-0) en route to winning their first title since sharing the 2008 Sunset crown with Edison, Esperanza and Fountain Valley and Newport Harbor, took advantage of a speedy trio in senior receiver Richard Turner and junior running backs Nick Richardson and Cody Paul, to burn the Chargers for big-play scores.

The Griffins (8-2 overall) converted two third-down plays into touchdowns and converted on a fourth-down play in the third quarter to set up its third score.

The first capped a nice game-opening, 80-yard drive. The Griffins appeared to knock themselves out of scoring range after moving down to the Edison 26-yard line when quarterback Dylan Lagarde fumbled a handoff exchange and was dropped for a 16-yard loss. To top it off, the Griffins were hit with a dead-ball personal foul penalty for another 15 yards. But it didn't matter. On the next play, from his own 43, Richardson took a handoff around left end, found it clogged but shifted gears and headed toward midfield. He found nothing but open field ahead and raced 57 yards to the end zone. Linebacker Michael Douthwaite blocked the extra-point kick to leave Los Alamitos with a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

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