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High School Football: Title time for Chargers

Edison plays for the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship against Villa Park on Friday night.

November 28, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Steven Georges )

For much of the 2012 prep football season, Edison has held down the top ranking in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll. On Friday night, the Chargers will get to actually play for that coveted position.

At 7:30 p.m., Edison will go up against third-seeded Villa Park in the division final at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It will be the second meeting of the season between the two schools who first locked horns back in September. For Edison, the trip to Anaheim will mark the eighth time the program has played for a Southern Section title.

Edison has won outright CIF titles in 1970 (AAA Division) and back-to-back in the Big-Five Division, 1979-80, and shared the 1985 Big-Five title with Long Beach Poly.

"It's always exciting, any time your team gets the chance to play for a CIF championship," Edison Coach Dave White said.

White, in his 27th year at his alma mater, will be taking the program to its fourth title game appearance in the last 12 years on Friday. His teams finished as runners-up in 2001 (Division 1), 2006 (Pac-5) and 2009 (Pac-5).

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White was on the 9-0 freshman football team at Edison when the school won its first CIF Southern Section football title in 1970.

"We've been talking about this all year," White said of his team's reaching the division final. "Being ranked No. 1 doesn't mean much. They kids set goals early in the year and after we won league, we didn't celebrate much. These kids had one more goal to achieve. If they can do it Friday, then, mission accomplished. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm."

Sunset League champion Edison, in its first year in the Southwest Division, brings a nine-game win streak into Friday's final. The ninth win in that streak didn't come easy, as the Chargers had to come from behind late in the fourth quarter last week to defeat No. 4-seed Foothill, 22-16, in the semifinals.

The Chargers turned to their run game in the final two minutes to pull out the win. Consecutive runs covering a combined 37 yards by Elijah Herrera was followed by the winning scores, a four-yard run and two-point conversion run by Donald Rice with 1:40 remaining. Senior linebacker Robert Reyes came up with an interception on Foothill's ensuing possession to seal the victory.

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