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High School Football: Edison takes care of business

Chargers not smooth, but open CIF Southwest Division playoffs with 27-3 win over Esperanza.

November 12, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison's Aleksander Torgersen falls across the goal line for a touchdown in the first half as Esperanza's Joey Toma trips him up.
Edison's Aleksander Torgersen falls across the… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

COSTA MESA — It wasn't the smoothest effort, but it was more than enough to keep the dream alive for the Edison High football team.

The Chargers overcame mistakes and the absence of a key player to take their first step forward in postseason play Friday at Orange Coast College, defeating visiting Esperanza, 27-3, in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.

Edison, the top-ranked team in the division, won its 10th game and improved to 10-1. The victory sends the Chargers on to a second-round game at 7 p.m. next Friday at Valencia of Placentia. The Tigers on Friday defeated Sonora, 31-13, to advance.

The Chargers were stagnant and sloppy at times on offense against Esperanza, but their defense again proved formidable again.

By holding Esperanza to only a field goal, a 41-yarder in the second quarter by Robbie Dirks, the Edison defense has now held eight of 11 opponents to a field goal or less. The unit, which has a school-record five shutouts this season, has given up only six points in the last four games.

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"Our defense continues to play really, really well but our offense didn't click tonight," Edison Coach Dave White said. "I don't feel as though we really got anything going all game. Every time we'd come up with a big play, we'd have a big penalty.

"It's funny, I don't feel like we played real well, and yet we won 27-3. Maybe this is a good wake-up call for us. But, it's a win, and we're moving on."

Esperanza and Edison are former longtime Sunset League rivals, and the game resembled past Aztec-Charger clashes. Both teams played well defensively — Edison led, 17-3, at the half, but only scored one offensive touchdown in the opening half, and the game had a grind-it-out feel to it. Penalties also affected both teams especially the Chargers who had numerous major infractions called against them.

Edison did a good job of containing Esperanza's top rusher, Troy Poole, and the Aztecs shored up an Edison run game that was minus leading ballcarrier Marquis Ross. The senior was injured in the first half of last week's Sunset League finale against Huntington, and wasn't available Friday. The loss of Ross gave the Chargers one less weapon.

His backfield counterparts, seniors Donald Rice and Elijah Herrera, filled in nicely, but both Rice and Herrera also played every down on defense.

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