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Records don't matter in build up to Bell Game

High School Football

Edison might be undefeated in league and Fountain Valley is winless, but both programs expect a tough game Friday as they renew their heated rivalry.

October 24, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • [Huntington Beach's Kai Ross throws the ball under pressure from Newport Harbor's Emmanuel Jogwe during a Sunset League game at Davidson Field on Friday.
[Huntington Beach's Kai Ross throws the ball under… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

It's Bell Game week, and nothing more needs to be said to the Edison and Fountain Valley high football teams.

Nothing seems to rev up the passions of both squads, their respective schools and communities, more than this game. It will be played for the 43rd time at 7 p.m. Friday at Orange Coast College before what figures to be yet another full house at LeBard Stadium.

"It's the one game students from both schools go to," Edison Coach Dave White said. "People paint themselves, have a lot of spirit, and it's a game where records don't matter. This game's all about the emotion, the hype."

Edison, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, comes into the showdown sporting an overall record of 7-1, including 3-0 in the Sunset League. The Chargers are seeking another league title and can earn a portion of it with a win against the Barons.

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Fountain Valley, meanwhile, heads in at 3-5 and 0-3 in league. White isn't fooled by that record, and knows the Barons will put it all on the line Friday.

"All five of their losses were close games, games in which they led," said White, who attended his first Edison-Fountain Valley game as an eighth-grade student and has been involved with almost every Bell Game since, either as a player or coach.

"They are probably the best 3-5 team in Orange County and are a play or two away from being 8-0," he said. "They are really good and last year, they gave us a battle to the end. Like I said, records don't matter heading into this game."

Fountain Valley Coach John Shipp, who will be involved in his ninth Bell Game, agrees.

"This game brings about an all-new energy, and new level of play," he said. "Both teams are highly motivated and the game is it's own element when the teams come together. That's what makes it such a great rivalry."

Edison set several schools records last week — including most points scored in one half, largest halftime lead, most points scored in a single game and widest margin of victory — in a 78-0 defeat of Marina.

Senior quarterback Aleksander Torgersen (13 of 22, 263 yards) tied a school record for touchdown passes with five, all coming in a first half that ended with the Chargers on top, 62-0. Senior receiver Aaron Vargas had two touchdown receptions, senior running back Marquis Ross had a touchdown reception and rushed for a score and senior linebacker Trenton Aschoff and sophomore defensive back Jake Favreau both scored on fumble returns.

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