Chargers edged by Mater Dei

High School Football

Edison falls short against Monarchs, who hold on for 20-14 nonleague win at OCC.

September 22, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

COSTA MESA — The way they dug themselves into a hole Friday, it seemed a far stretch that the Edison Chargers could make a game of it with Mater Dei. No, not the way the charitable Chargers started things at Orange Coast College.

"You can't make that many mistakes and expect to beat a team of Mater Dei's caliber," Edison Coach Dave White said. "But our kids nearly overcame those mistakes, and we had our chances their at the end."

Edison climbed out of a three-touchdown hole before a near-full house at LeBard Stadium, fought and clawed its way back into contention, and had opportunities to go into the lead in the fourth quarter. Mater Dei, however, was able to hold on and escape with a 20-14 nonleague victory.

The Chargers, the No. 1-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division trailed, 20-0, to the Monarchs, the No. 5 team in the Pac-5 Division, with the game just 15 minutes old.


"Those early turnovers really hurt us," White continued. "We could have folded, but our guys didn't. Our defense played great once again. I'm proud of our kids."

Edison drew to within 20-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter when running back Donald Rice scored on a fourth-and-two run. The Chargers got the ball right back after holding Mater Dei to three-and-out, and moved from their own 26 out to midfield. On second down, quarterback Aleksander Torgersen avoided a rush, scrambled, and then found receiver Marcus Stepancich at the Mater Dei 36. Stepancich went high to make the reception in back of defender Thomas Duarte of Mater Dei, turned, and raced down the Edison sideline before being pushed out of bounds at the six. The play was wiped out on a holding call against the Chargers, who ended up punting four plays later.

One play after punting, the Chargers got the ball back when Robert Reyes hit Monarchs running back Justin Allen, stripped the ball, then made the recovery at the Mater Dei. 41 with 5:14 left. It was the first turnover of the night for the Monarchs who dodged another bullet when the Chargers turned the ball over on downs. Torgersen overshot a wide open Trenton Aschoff at the 21 on second down. His third down pass intended for Trevor Borkowski fell incomplete at the 20. Mater Dei safety Peter Russo, with his back to the play, was draped in front of Borkowski on the play, drawing protests from the Edison sideline.

"I thought it was pass interference, but one play doesn't make a game," White said. "It was a judgment call."

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