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Chargers edge Barons

High School Football

November 05, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

COSTA MESA – For much of Friday's Battle of the Bell Game at Orange Coast College, underdog Fountain Valley High had Edison on the ropes in a Sunset League matchup that pitted arch-rivals against one another for the 42nd time. The Barons had battled the Chargers on even terms on the field but more importantly for them, they held the edge where it counted: on the scoreboard.

With just over six minutes to play, the Barons were clinging to a three-point lead on a night where they had yet to trail.

"That was the type of game we knew we had to play, in order to be successful," Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp said. "Our defense played its best game of the season, by far. May hat's off to them and our coaching staff which did an outstanding job. And yet, we lost. This is bittersweet."

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It took an 18-yard touchdown pass from Edison senior quarterback Chase Favreau to senior tight end Bryce Campbell with 6:13 remaining to put the Chargers in the lead for good and send them to a 14-10 victory before an overflow crowd in excess of 8,000 at LeBard Stadium.

The triumph was important to Edison on a few fronts. First, it allowed the Chargers to maintain possession of the coveted Bell for a seventh-straight year (Fountain Valley's last win in the series came in 2004). The win also gave them a 27-14-1 lead in the series. Second, and most important, the come-from-behind win helped the Chargers clinch at least a share of the Sunset League championship. Edison is now 4-0 in league and has a one-game lead on second-place Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach.

An outright title will be on the line for the Chargers (7-2 overall) next week when they play Thursday at Newport Harbor. The Sailors can earn a portion of the title with a victory and the winner of Thursday's game will take the league's No. 1-seed into the CIF playoffs which start Nov. 18.

"Our kids hung in there and pulled this one out," said Edison Coach Dave White who has been part of this longtime rivalry since its beginning. "It's a big win because we clinched a piece of the league championship and we did it by beating our big rival. Fountain Valley played their butts off. I knew they'd play their best game of the year tonight, and they did. This game was their season and they played real well. But our guys came through in the end. Our defense stiffened in the second half and we did just enough to win."

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