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Edison renews rivalry against Mater Dei

High School Football

The nonleague portion of Chargers' schedule only gets tougher, as undefeated Mater Dei presents toughest challenge yet.

September 19, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Brethren Christian High's Guy Demazeliere carries the ball during practice Tuesday.
Brethren Christian High's Guy Demazeliere carries… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

The fifth week of the 2012 prep football season has three local teams closing out the nonleague portion of their respective schedules.

The highlight of the week is arguably the Mater Dei-Edison showdown.

"It's a big one, for sure," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Any time you play Mater Dei, it's special. It should be a good game."

In the previous 13 games between the schools, Mater Dei owns an 8-5 series edge.

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Friday

Mater Dei (3-0) vs. Edison (3-0), 7 p.m., Orange Coast College: The Monarchs and Chargers put their undefeated seasons on the line when the teams meet for the 13th consecutive year.

Mater Dei, ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division, has been rolling on offense. The Monarchs come in averaging 44 points per game, and are coming off a 51-0 victory against Santa Monica. Quarterback Ryan McMahon has thrown for 369 yards and five touchdowns, and the Monarchs' ground game is led by Justin Allen, who has 234 yards and averages nearly seven yards per rush.

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The Monarchs' defense also has been formidable, giving up just 23 points in three games.

"They are putting up 40 pints a game, their defense is flying around, and they are tough," White said. "This is our toughest game yet, and we will have to play with more consistency if we want to be successful Friday."

Edison, the new No. 1 team in the Southwest Division, blanked Servite, 6-0, last week. Elijah Herrera rushed for 119 yards and scored the game's lone touchdown in the third quarter. Donald Rice also racked up 119 rushing yards.

The Chargers' defense didn't allow the Friars to penetrate beyond the Edison 35-yard line the entire game.

"I thought we outplayed (Servite) all game," White said. "Our first team-defense has played real well for three weeks in a row. We got our run game going and it's the first time, in a long time, that we've had two running backs go over 100 yards in the same game. Offensively, though, we still need to be more consistent."

Brethren Christian (3-0) vs. St. Anthony (3-1), 7 p.m., St. Anthony High: Brethren Christian returns to the playing field with a road game against a St. Anthony team that is on a three-game win streak.

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