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Edison survives, edges Los Al

October 14, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Dave White could only shake his head as he crossed midfield at Huntington Beach High's Sheue Field late Thursday night.

But as the veteran Edison High football coach slowed his pace, he allowed himself to break into an uneasy smile.

"I've lost so many tough games to John Barnes and Los Al over the years, so I guess it's our turn tonight," White said moments after Edison withstood a frantic finish and a last-ditch drive by defending champion Los Alamitos, to come away with a key, 10-7 victory on the opening night of the Sunset League race.

"We tried to give the game away but thankfully, we didn't," White continued, the smile starting to fade as he rehashed what had just taken place. "We blew a lot of opportunities and had a lot of stupid penalties. But we won and that's what counts."

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The Chargers, who were playing their homecoming game, nearly did give the game away in the final 2:13.

Edison (4-2) had taken a 10-7 lead on a 31-yard field goal by Aleksander Torgersen with 10:13 to play and got the ball back at its own 18-yard line with 7:12 left after forcing Los Al to punt. The Chargers converted their first two third-down situations during their drive and, aided by a pass interference call against the Griffins' Kyle Roberts, moved down to the Los Al 39 with 2:15 to play. On a third-and-six play from the 35, quarterback Chase Favreau took off around right end and scampered for 16 yards for an apparent first down at the 19. But the Chargers were called for holding and that put the ball back at the Los Al 45.

Facing third-and-long, Favreau then went back to pass and lost the ball when hit by a Los Al defender, but Chargers wide receiver Curren Provost hustled to the backfield and made the recovery at the Edison 48. The Chargers ran the clock down to 48 seconds before calling a timeout. They then punted the ball away but Torgersen's kick never traveled. That's because the Griffins' Daniel Tyler and Trevor Brand broke through the line to block Torgersen's kick. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Edison 33 and Los Al, with no timeouts left, had new life with 46 seconds remaining.

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