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High School Football: Chargers crowned champions, state playoffs up next

Edison capture CIF Southern Section Southwest Division title with 28-10 win over Villa Park.

December 05, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

ANAHEIM — Dave White held tight to the championship plaque as he stood, beaming, on the postgame podium set up at midfield at Angel Stadium late Friday night.

"This one's for you," the Edison football coach repeated in a joyful shout directed at his players, a jubilant group that had created a massive huddle in front of their coach.

"This one," White later said, was for the entire Edison community. The Chargers had just finished off Villa Park, 28-10, to claim the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship before a crowd of more than 9,000. It was the first Southern Section title in 27 years for the program since it shared the 1985 Big Five crown with Long Beach Poly. It was the school's first outright title since 1980, and fifth, overall.

"You could say the monkey's off my back," said White who finally won the title.

The veteran coach, in his 27th year at his alma mater, has taken Edison to four championship game appearances since 2001.

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"I'm just so happy for these kids that they are CIF champions," he said. "They worked hard for this. We were challenged early tonight but we've been a fourth quarter team all year. I'm just so proud of these guys and our coaches, and happy for our fans."

Top-seeded Edison, ranked No. 1 throughout most of the season in its initial year in the Southwest Division, wore down third-seeded Villa Park as the game itself wore on. The Chargers won their 10th straight game and are 13-1 overall.

Two days after claiming the title, Edison was awarded a berth in the CIF Division II State Regional Championship game. The Chargers will play host to Serra of Gardena, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Orange Coast College. The winner of the game advances to play in the 4 p.m. Division II championship game on Dec. 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson.

Clayton Valley takes on Oakdale on Saturday in the North regional final. The winner moves on to the Dec. 15 Division II title game.

Serra (12-2) won the CIF Southern Section Western Division championship Friday by defeating Mission League rival Chaminade, 30-28.

White called Edison's berth in Saturday's Division II South region title game appearance, "icing on the cake."

"But, we're also very competitive players and coaches, so we want to win this game," he said. "We're really excited that the season is continuing."

After Friday's victory over Villa Park, the Chargers were in the moment as they soaking up what they had just accomplished on a slick Angel Stadium turf.

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