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League titles on the line

High School Football

Edison, Huntington Beach and Ocean View are among the locals who head into final week of regular season with plenty at stake.

November 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Newport Harbor's Titus Hasson had a big game last week against Marina and figures to be a handful for Edison this week as both teams battle with a Sunset League title on the line.
Newport Harbor's Titus Hasson had a big game last… (Kevin Chang, HB…)

The Edison Chargers are sitting where most teams hoped to be in the final week of the regular season.

Right there, too, are the Ocean View Seahawks.

And waiting in the wings, watching with a keen interest as to what transpires Thursday night, are the Huntington Beach Oilers.

Edison clinched a share of the Sunset League football championship last week by defeating Fountain Valley and can claim an outright title Thursday with a victory at Newport Harbor. Should the Chargers slip up, Newport Harbor would earn a portion of that title. Huntington Beach can make it a three-way tie for the crown by getting past Fountain Valley on Friday

"There's a lot riding on this game," Edison Coach Dave White said of the Chargers-Sailors matchup at Davidson Field. "We've already got a piece of the title, but it's still nervous time. We don't want to lose and have there possibly be a three-way tie for first place and a coin flip to see who goes as the No. 1 team from our league. This is a big game for both teams."

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In Santa Ana on Thursday, Ocean View has a chance to move into the Golden West League penthouse. Actually, should the Seahawks defeat defending-champion Segerstrom, they'd move into a first-place tie and have a have a roommate at the top in the Jaguars, who have a one-game lead on Ocean View and already own a piece of a repeat title.

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Thursday's games

Edison (8-2, 4-0) vs. Newport Harbor (5-4, 3-1), 7 p.m., Newport Harbor High: The Chargers tied for the Sunset League championship last week by rallying to defeat rival Fountain Valley, 14-10, a win that allowed Edison to retain the Bell for the seventh straight year. The prize wasn't secured until Bryce Campbell took in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chase Favreau midway through the fourth quarter in what turned out to be the game's final score.

Edison rallied from a 10-0 deficit to get the win. The Chargers now face a revved-up Newport Harbor team that has won four of its last five games, including a 24-7 win last week over Marina.

"They are playing hard and well and now are playing for a league championship," White said of the Sailors. "They are talented and well-coached and no doubt we'll be getting their best shot.

"They are a run-first, play-action team and like us, they have a bend-but-don't-break defense."

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