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Sunset League on the line

Huntington Beach and Edison go head-to-head with the championship up for grabs when they meet Friday night.

October 31, 2012
  • Marina High quarterback Austin Sojka (9) carries the ball during the first half against Newport Harbor in a Sunset League game at Davidson Field on Thursday, October 25.
Marina High quarterback Austin Sojka (9) carries the… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Friday marks the end of league play for six local prep football teams. For some, it is the end of the road in the 2012 season. For others, it offers one final shot at earning automatic bids to the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Sunset League champion, or co-champions, will emerge late that night. The scramble for other top league finishes, as well as the possibility of coin flip scenarios being held to determine the fate and league placements for the postseason, also will be revealed.

The CIF-SS playoff pairings will be announced Sunday . Postseason play starts Nov. 9.

Friday

Huntington Beach (5-4, 3-1) vs. Edison (8-1, 4-0)

(7 p.m., Huntington Beach High)

The Sunset League championship is on the line in this showdown between Huntington and Edison. The Oilers can earn a share of the title with a victory. The Chargers, who last week clinched a share of the title, can earn it outright with a win here.

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"We're excited for another big game," said Edison Coach Dave White whose team is coming off another key game. Last week, the Chargers downed archrival Fountain Valley, 21-3.

"We just beat Fountain Valley for the eighth straight year and clinched a piece of the title, and now we come right back to go up against a team (Huntington) that I think will be the best team we'll face in league," White said. "We have a lot of respect for Huntington and Coach (Eric) Lo's program, and I think it will be a very hard-fought game."

Just one week after suffering a disappointing loss at Newport Harbor, Huntington showed its resolve by taking down fourth-ranked Los Alamitos, 28-7. The win allowed the Oilers to climb back into a share of second-place with Newport Harbor (5-4, 3-1) and it dropped Los Alamitos (6-3, 2-2) from a share of second and left the Griffins a game behind both the Oilers and Sailors.

The win also vaulted Huntington back into the Southwest Division rankings. The Oilers, who have won four of their last five outings, come into the game ranked No. 6.

"This is definitely a reflection of their character," Lo said of his team's win last Friday. "Our backs were against the wall but the kids responded really well. We needed this, after that tough (Newport) loss. Now, we get to play for a championship."

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