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High School Football: Edison, HB thrive, remain alive

Chargers, Oilers win in first round and advance in CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.

November 14, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

And then there were two.

When the prep football season reaches its quarterfinals stage Friday , two local teams, Edison and Huntington Beach, will be among the teams still alive in the hunt for a CIF Southern Section championship. The Chargers and Oilers both advanced to the elite eight of the Southwest Division playoffs after picking up first-round victories last week.

Brethren Christian was the third local team playing in the postseason, but the Warriors had their playoff hopes dashed in the cold last Saturday against Big Bear.

'We're excited to be moving on," said Huntington Beach Coach Eric Lo whose Oilers play host to No. 2-seed Tustin Friday.

Tustin has been a juggernaut the past five years. The Tillers are 11-0 overall and have won 19 straight games dating to October of last year. Win No. 8 in that streak gave them the 2011 Southwest Division championship. The Tillers defeated El Toro, 35-28, in that final.

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Veteran Coach Myron Miller, in his 18th year at the helm, has taken Tustin to the Southwest Division championship game in three of the last four years.

"This is quite a bit of a senior team, I'd say," Miller said. "It's a good group of kids who won league as freshmen and played some varsity as sophomores."

Tustin, which cruised to the Empire League championship, can grind it out on the ground. The run game is their strength, and the Tillers share the wealth among a stable of talented runners. Terence Martinez is the team's leading rusher with 1,686 yards with 25 touchdowns and averages 11 yards per carry. DaVonte Young has the best yards per carry average (13.0) and in nine games played, has rushed for 1,184 yards and 16 TDs. Edward Tandy and 225-pound fullback Marshaun Daniel, also wreak havoc on opponents.

"This is probably, as a group, the fastest set of backs we had since DeShaun [Foster]," Miller said. "We have four backs who run 4.6 or faster. We like to like to include everybody and spread out the carries in our run game."

The Tillers opened playoff action last Friday with a 35-6 win over El Dorado, despite not having Young (infection) available for the game. Martinez raced for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Tandy added 126 yards and two scores also on 15 carries, as the Tiller racked up 392 rushing yards against the Golden Hawks.

Miller said that Young will play Friday.

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