High School Football: Hot Chargers keep it going

Edison captures outright Sunset League championship with 34-0 win over Huntington Beach.

November 07, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
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Edison left little doubt last Friday as to who would reign as Sunset League football champion in 2012.

In a game where the outcome would have a direct bearing on the league race, the host Chargers sewed up an outright title for the second consecutive year by controlling Huntington Beach, 34-0, at Cap Sheue Field.

Edison, the top-seeded team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs, has, indeed, controlled the Sunset League the past two years. Friday's win capped a second straight 5-0 league finish and put the Chargers' league win streak at 10. The title was their seventh in the last eight years.

The Chargers are 9-1 overall and have won six straight.

"To be league champs again, well, it can't get better than that," Edison Coach Dave White said. "If you had told me that the score would be 34-0, I would have said, 'no way.' Huntington has been playing really well and they, too, were playing for a league championship. I just thought our guys did a real good job."


Huntington (5-5, 3-2), which would have gained a share of the league title with a victory Friday, came into the game on a roll, having won four of its previous five games. The outcome left the Oilers with sole possession of third place which gave them the league's final automatic playoff berth.

Newport Harbor wrapped up second place on Nov. 1 with an overtime victory over Los Alamitos.

"I thought they were more physical than us," Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo said of the Chargers. "The second thing, is that any time a play needed to be made, we couldn't come up with one. Our defense didn't play well on the ball tonight.

"I just told the kids after the game, that we can't hang our heads. We have to learn from this, and move on. We now have to turn our focus on the [CIF] playoffs."

Edison's defense got its fifth shutout of the season, which is a new school record. In league play, the unit surrendered only 17 points. The Chargers also have held three other opponents to a touchdown or less.

"Our defense was unbelievable and played lights out," White said. "They really controlled the line of scrimmage and really didn't give Huntington anything. Huntington has a very good offense, and we were able to contain them."

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