High School Football: Edison outlasts Los Al

Chargers overcome 7-0 deficit and come out on top, 24-14, in Sunset League action.

October 13, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

LONG BEACH — Dave White had been through several of these battles before.

Halfway through Friday's crucial Sunset League game between Edison and Los Alamitos, the veteran head coach of the Chargers said he wasn't surprised at the low-scoring affair. Through the first 24 minutes of action, the teams were scoreless. Midway through the third quarter, his team was down a touchdown.

"We've lost plenty of close games to them, and we knew this would be another tough one," White said. "We've had so many games like this."


After Los Al had taken a 7-0 lead in the third quarter, Edison roared back, wore down the host Griffins down the stretch, to come away with a 24-14 victory. The triumph allowed the Chargers, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, to get its first win at Veterans Memorial Stadium since 2006. More importantly, it allowed the Chargers to improve to 2-0 in league, and tied for first-place with Huntington Beach (2-0).

Edison won its third-straight game to improve to 6-1 overall.

Los Alamitos, ranked third in the Southwest Division, had its four-game win streak snapped and fell to 5-2.

"It feels good," White said of the win. "This was a big one, and it feels good to be 2-0 in league.

"Our offensive line, our fullbacks, our tight ends, played great. We won this one in the trenches."

The Chargers did. They turned to their run game in the second half and churned out steady drives to control the line of scrimmage. All three of their touchdowns came on the ground, with Donald Rice rushing for two scores and Marquis Ross for the other.

Los Alamitos had taken a 7-0 lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Marshall to wide receiver Dashawn Gordon. The score came two plays after defensive back Samuel Corder-Lee returned an interception 33 yards to the Edison 22-yard line. Corder-Lee grabbed a pass from Edison quarterback Alek Torgersen that deflected off the arms of Edison tight end Markus Boyer. He then slipped away from the grasp of Boyer at the Los Al 45, and raced to the Edison 22 where he was pulled down.

Gordon found a seam between defensive backs Dylan Luther and Kiante Goudeau to make the catch in the end zone with 4:51 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was the first given up by the Edison defense in 13 quarters.

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