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High School Football: Playoff stories unfold

Edison stays hot with 52-14 quarterfinal win over Valencia in CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.

November 21, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Peaking at the right time. That seems to be the direction the Edison football team has taken during the first two weeks of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

For the second straight week, the top-seeded Chargers dominated the opposition in picking up its second win in Southwest Division play. They remained undefeated on the road this year by rolling to a 52-14 quarterfinal victory last Friday at Valencia of Placentia.

The Chargers began their playoff march on Nov. 9 with a 27-3 win against Esperanza. Next up is a semifinal date at 7 p.m. Friday against No. 4-seeded Foothill at Orange Coast College.

"We're playing really well right now," said Edison Coach Dave White who registered a milestone victory in last week's win against Valencia. "We're pretty balanced in our attack and we're playing with confidence. That's what you want to see from your team at this stage of the season."

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Edison is the lone remaining team alive in postseason competition. Huntington Beach had its Southwest Division title hopes dashed last week by defending champ and No. 2 seed Tustin. The Tillers (12-0) face No. 3 seed Villa Park (10-2) in Friday's other semifinal.

White, who played quarterback at Edison, earned his 200th coaching victory at his alma mater last Friday. In his 27th year at the helm, White is 200-104-3.

The Chargers stormed to a 38-7 halftime lead on Valencia (8-4) in improving to 11-1 overall. It's the third time in the last seven years that the program has won 11 or more games.

Senior quarterback Aleksander Torgersen was 12 of 20 for 237 yards with touchdown passes of 16 yards to senior Trevor Borkowski and 81 yards to senior Elijah Herrera. The Chargers had two scores on returns, the first coming in the opening quarter on a 23-yard interception return by Herrera, and junior Kiante Goudeau returned a kickoff late in the first half 95 yards for a touchdown.

Senior running back Donald Rice started the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter, junior Hunter Kelley closed out the first half with a 41-yard field goal, and junior running back Marcus Swanigan scored on runs of 24- and one-yard runs in the third quarter that increased the lead to 52-7.

Valencia scored its first touchdown on a short drive in the opening half after an interception return set the Tigers up inside the Edison 10-yard line. Their final score came in the fourth quarter against Edison's second defensive unit.

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