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Chargers, Friars renew rivalry

Edison takes on two-time defending CIF-champion Servite in its biggest test of the season.

September 21, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

It's the fourth week of the season for the Edison High football team, and with it comes what has become a must-see game on the Chargers' schedule.

For the seventh straight year, Edison is playing Servite in game No. 4. This year's nonleague matchup pits the two-time CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division champion Friars against the Chargers. Both teams head into Friday's 7 p.m. showdown at what is certain to be a standing-room-only crowd at Huntington Beach High's Cap Sheue Field with 3-0 records.

The programs aren't strangers to each other, either. Servite and Edison have played one another 13 times during the past 11 seasons, two of those games coming in postseason play, including the 2009 CIF Pac-5 championship game. The Chargers hold a slim 7-6 edge in those games.

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"This is a big one for us," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Servite once again has a great team. They have lots of veterans back from last year's CIF championship team and (head coach) Troy Thomas is a great defensive coach. This is a great challenge for us."

Edison is coming off a 34-13 win at Dana Hills. The Chargers fell behind, 7-0, after the Dolphins scored on an interception return, but then reeled off the next 34 points to pull away. Junior running back Marquis Ross started the scoring for Edison with an eight-yard touchdown run. Senior wide receiver Troy Baljeu scored on a nine-yard pass from senior quarterback Chase Favreau, junior back Elijah Herrera had a 40-yard touchdown run and senior receiver Sedric Hill scored on a 40-yard pass from Favreau and capped Edison's scoring with a 73-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.

Favreau has thrown for 461 yards and six touchdowns in three games.

"I don't think we came out ready to play against Dana Hills, although we did a nice job of coming back and taking control," White said. "We were sloppy at times and we can't do that against Servite. We need to tackle a bit better and cut down turnovers if we want to win Friday."

The Chargers head into Friday's big game a bit banged up. They lost senior all-league kicker and wide receiver Gavin Perdomo to a torn ACL in their first game against Baldwin (Hawaii) on Aug. 26. White said that Perdomo was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday. Two weeks later, senior all-league linebacker and running back Nick Masaniai went down to an MCL injury in a game against Garfield of Los Angeles.

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