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High School Football: It's playoff time for 3 teams

Edison, Huntington Beach, Brethren Christian ready for the postseason.

November 07, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

The 2012 prep football season continues this week for three local teams, each who have qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Sunset League champion Edison and Huntington Beach play first-round Southwest Division games at 7 p.m. Friday . Brethren Christian starts East Valley Division postseason play at 1 p.m. Saturday .

Friday games

Esperanza (6-4) vs. Edison (9-1)

(7 p.m., Orange Coast College)

Edison heads into postseason play as the No. 1 seed in the Southwest Division. The Chargers also put their six-game win streak up against the Aztecs.

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"We're excited for the playoffs," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Getting the top seed is a reward for what we've done the first 10 weeks of the season. It's nice, but we have to win four more games before we can end up No. 1."

Esperanza, a one-time rival of Edison's in the Sunset League before departing two years ago to align with the Century League, received an at-large bid. The Aztecs finished in a tie with El Dorado and Brea Olinda for third place. They ended the regular season with a 44-34 loss last Friday to Century League champ Villa Park (9-1), a team whose only loss came to Edison in September.

"It'll be like old times," White said of facing the Aztecs. "They are a well-coached team and their tailback is really good. They always play hard-nosed football."

That running back is Troy Poole who is the Aztecs' leading rusher with more than 1,300 yards with a team-high 10 touchdowns. The senior ran for 159 yards and two scores in last week's loss to Villa Park.

Edison showed great balance on offense during the regular season. The Chargers average 184 yards passing and 161 yards rushing, and put up an average of 29 points per game in their first 10 games.

The defense, with a school-record five shutouts to its credit, is limiting opponents to an average of just four points a game.

The Chargers could be missing an explosive element of their offense Friday. Senior Marquis Ross, the team's No. 1 tailback, was injured early in the second quarter last Friday against Huntington and didn't play during the second half of the Chargers' 34-0 victory. White said that Ross, who is the team's rushing leader with 714 yards and eight touchdowns, is "probably out" for the first-round game.

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