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Chargers in control, but have work to do

High School Football

Edison takes care of Villa Park, 27-7, but Coach White wants the offense to improve.

September 06, 2012
(Kevin Chang | HB…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — From the look on his face, you couldn't tell that Dave White's Edison football team had just turned in a successful night.

"We just have to get a lot better, there's no doubt about it," he said.

Edison never found its groove offensively but did ride the three-touchdown performance of running back Marquis Ross and a stingy defense, to a 27-7 victory Thursday over Villa Park at Huntington Beach High's Sheue Field.

The matchup was an early-season showdown between teams ranked in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Conference poll. Edison entered the game ranked No. 2, Villa Park No. 4. The teams were meeting for the first time in football.

It was a tight game early on until the Chargers turned a defensive touchdown into a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Still, White, who is two games into his 27th season as head coach at his alma mater, was only half-pleased with the performance. The Chargers offense also sputtered last week in a season opening, 24-0 win at Garfield.

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"Our defense played great but our offense was terrible," White said. "Our defense played their butts off again and our first team [defense] got its second shutout of the season. But our offense, once again, was inconsistent. There is so much to fix, that I don't know where to start."

Aleksander Torgersen, in his first year starting at quarterback and who has a rifle for an arm, misfired on his first four passes of the game. The senior went on to finish seven of 19 for 85 yards. Five of his passes went to senior wide receiver Marcus Stepancich who led all receivers with 73 yards. Ross, meanwhile, rushed 13 times for 92 yards. He had two touchdowns in the first half, and his third score gave the Chargers (2-0) a 27-0 lead at the outset of the second half.

"We just didn't get any type of drive going, really," White said. "We have a lot of new guys out there, and we're not disciplined. We had guys wide open, but we didn't block long enough to allow a throw, or, we overthrew our receivers."

It was a throwing miscue by Villa Park quarterback Dylan Osborne that led to the game's first score.

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