Servite too much for Edison

High School Football

September 24, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

Dave White said earlier in the week that it was imperative that his Edison Chargers keep mistakes to a minimum and finish offensive drives if they hoped to defeat Servite.

The Chargers drove the ball on the Friars throughout the night and didn't give up an offensive touchdown in the second half of Friday's key CIF Pac-5 Division showdown at Huntington Beach High, but a costly interception return turned the tide and enabled the Friars to come away with a 27-14 victory.

Edison took an early lead in the game but Servite scored the next 27 points to open up a comfortable advantage before 4,831 at Cap Sheue Field. The Friars, however, needed to withstand a late comeback attempt by the Chargers to improve to 4-0 and hold down their top ranking in the Pac-5.


"We moved the ball pretty much all night but the bottom line is, is that we didn't execute consistently," White said after watching his team fall to 3-1. "Defensively, I thought our guys played their butts off. We played hard and didn't quit.

"Servite's a good team and we had to execute better, if we wanted to beat them."

Edison came into the game banged up with four starters sidelined due to injury. Still, with Chase Favreau at quarterback and the defense hitting hard, the Chargers started strong and took it to the Friars at the outset.

Linebacker and team captain Bryce Campbell came up with a fumble recovery at the Edison 21 with 4:34 left in the opening quarter. The senior pounced on a loose ball after Servite's 6-foot-6 wide receiver Sam Hunt fumbled after being hit by a host of Chargers following a 20-yard gain on a pass from quarterback Cody Pittman. The Chargers then used five plays to cover the 79 yards to take their only lead of the game. Favreau gave a quick pump fake, then hit a streaking Troy Baljeu in stride for a 25-yard touchdown. Aleksander Torgersen's point-after put Edison up, 7-0.

The score marked the first time Servite had trailed this season. But the deficit didn't last long.

The Friars responded to Edison's score by coming up with a six-play, 80-yard march that culminated with a 21-yard scoring pass from Pittman to Butch Pauu. Connor Beavans hit the conversion kick but the Friars were called for procedure and backed up five yards. Beavans' next kick was wide right which left the Friars down, 7-6, with 19 seconds left in the quarter.

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