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Road gets tougher for Edison

High School Football

Chargers begin a four-week stretch of facing some of Southland's top teams, beginning with Thursday's home game against Villa Park.

September 05, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Speiser Alani (2) of Ocean View breaks through the banner at the start of the Seahawks' football game against Calvary Chapel on Saturday night at Estancia High.
Speiser Alani (2) of Ocean View breaks through the banner… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

Five local prep football teams went into the win column last week, but this weekend's matchups present another challenge.

The local schedule begins with a pair of games Thursday.

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Thursday

Villa Park (2-0) vs. Edison (1-0), 7 p.m., Huntington Beach High: Edison starts a daunting four-week nonleague run when the Chargers open their home schedule by hosting Villa Park. It's an early season showdown between teams ranked in the top five in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll.

This is the first meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.

Second-ranked Edison kick-started its season Friday and posted a 24-0 shutout at Los Angeles Garfield. Senior quarterback Aleksander Torgersen threw for 257 yards (11 of 22) and three touchdowns. Two of those scores went to junior receiver Jeremy Maxwell (44, 55 yards), who had three receptions total 127 yards. Senior receiver Trevor Borkowski hauled in the other scoring pass on a 30-yard play. Defensively, Dylan Luther had a fumble recovery and Robert Reyes led the Chargers in tackles with 10.

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"We had a lot of new guys playing on both sides of the ball," Edison Coach Dave White said. "I thought we played very aggressively, very physically, on defense. We executed our gameplan and we were happy with that. On offense, we were inconsistent and hot and cold all night. We made some plays, but we also missed some plays."

Villa Park already has two games under its belt. The Spartans, ranked fourth in the Southwest Division, opened with a 28-21 win two weeks ago over Righetti (No. 8, Northern Division), and last week took down Valencia/Placentia, 24-7. Through two games, running back Meki Tafuna is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and quarterback Dylan Osbourne has thrown for 190 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

"They are very good at running the ball, and very good against the run," White said of the Spartans. "They definitely have been a second-half team. I think it's going to be a very good game that will come down to the fourth quarter."

Senior defensive end Garrett Garcia, and senior two-way lineman Miah Frost, who both missed the Garfield game due to injuries, are expected back for Villa Park, White said.

After facing the Spartans, Edison goes up against a trio of Pac-5 Division top 10 teams, Servite, Mater Dei and San Clemente.

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Corona (1-0) vs. Fountain Valley (1-1), 7 p.m., Westminster High: Fountain Valley will attempt to make it two straight wins when it hosts Corona.

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