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Edison itching to get going

High School Football

Chargers, ranked second in its division, open their season on the road against L.A. Garfield.

August 29, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • [Fountain Valley High's Shavony Drew carries the ball against Foothill during Friday's game.
[Fountain Valley High's Shavony Drew carries the… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

For the Edison High football team, its season opener can't come soon enough.

"We need to play," said Edison Coach Dave White whose team will do just that at 7 p.m. Thursday when it travels to face Los Angeles Garfield at Garfield High. "Seeing teams play last week, the kids were antsy to play. We're ready."

The nonleague game is the first of six this week for local teams. In addition to Edison, Ocean View is also opening its season with a Saturday game against Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana. Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Marina and Brethren Christian, which all opened last week, play Friday games.

White had the chance to scout Garfield in its season opener last week. The Bulldogs were handled, 48-0, by St. Bonaventure, which entered the season ranked ninth in its first year in the Pac-5 Division. The Bulldogs mustered just 108 yards of total offense.

Garfield was 5-6 a year ago, one of the losses a 27-7 setback to Edison.

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"Their kids are well-coached, they're disciplined and they don't quit," White said of Garfield. "They had a few turnovers, which cost them against a really good St. Bonaventure team."

Edison enters the season ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, behind defending-champion Tustin.

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Friday

Fountain Valley (0-1) vs. Dana Hills (0-1), 7 p.m., Dana Hills High: Fountain Valley hits the road for the first time this season. The Barons opened their season last week and lost, 28-14, to Foothill.

Senior receiver Wyatt Christensen caught scoring passes of 14 and nine yards from senior quarterback Chris d'Entremont for the Barons, who had tied the score (14-14) just three plays into the fourth quarter. d'Entremont threw for 277 yards.

Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp called the opener a "humbling experience" for his squad. The Barons played from behind all night and couldn't overcome costly mistakes. They turned the ball over three times. Foothill, which entered the game ranked sixth in the Southwest Division, was turnover free.

"Right now, we're not as good as we thought we would be," Shipp said. "We made too many mistakes and missed some plays. It was a battle of two offenses and their offense made more plays. They just executed better than we did, and the better team won (tonight)."

Dana Hills also lost a tough opener to Trabuco Hills last week, 17-14. Quarterback Mac Vail threw for 178 yards and a touchdown in a game the Dolphins led early on, 7-0.

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