Two locals begin playoff run

Edison and Ocean View are only area teams to qualify for CIF Southern Section playoffs, and both start with first-round road games.

November 17, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison' Chase Favreau throws the ball in the second quarter during a game against Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
Edison' Chase Favreau throws the ball in the second… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

And then there were two.

The 2010 prep football season came to an end last weekend for four local schools, but for Edison and Ocean View, the season continues on for at least another week.

Both the Chargers and Seahawks earned berths to the CIF Southern Section playoffs Sunday and both drew first-round road assignments.

Last year, Edison reached the Pac-5 Division championship game. To get there again this December, the Chargers first must get by first-round opponent Santa Margarita on Friday.

For Ocean View, a Friday date at Newport Harbor High against Corona del Mar marks the first time the program has made the postseason since 2007.


Pac-5 Division

Edison (7-3) vs. Santa Margarita (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday, at Tesoro High: Edison's playoff journey begins Friday in Rancho Santa Margarita against a strong Santa Margarita team.


The Chargers are in the postseason for the 10th time in the last 11 years.

Santa Margarita finished in last place last year in the Trinity League. But this fall, Coach Harry Welch's Eagles turned things around and finished in second.

They secured second last Friday by knocking off Mater Dei, 17-7.

"They're a tough team and we knew we'd get a tough draw," Edison Coach Dave White said. "They do nothing fancy but they're just a good, solid team. Their 4-1 record in the Trinity League speaks for itself. Coach Welch and his staff have done a great job."

The Eagles' offense is spearheaded by quarterback Adam Young. His top receivers are River Cracraft, Logan Sweet and Reiley Higgins and Cory Thomson (473 yards) is the team's second-leading rusher behind Young (485 yards).

In addition to beating Mater Dei, Santa Margarita played Trinity League champ, top-ranked and defending Pac-5 champion Servite tough in a 17-10 loss two weeks ago.

Edison also played Servite and Mater Dei, falling to both in the final two weeks of nonleague play.

"They probably have the best offensive line we have faced this year," White said of the Mustangs. "In fact, they're very good up front on both sides of the ball. It will be a real challenge for us.

The Chargers and Eagles also have a common opponent in Los Alamitos. In week No. 5, the Eagles downed the Griffins, 31-7, in nonleague play. Last Thursday, the Chargers fell to Los Al, 26-21, in a game that determined the Sunset League champion.

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