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Chargers' run halted by Serra

Despite a strong start, second-half miscues prove costly as Edison's season ends in CIF State Regional game.

December 09, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison High quarterback Aleksander Torgersen, left, is embraced by teammate Trenton Aschoff after the Chargers were defeated by Serra in a CIF State Division II South Regional playoff game at Orange Coast College on Saturday.
Edison High quarterback Aleksander Torgersen, left,… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

A memorable season for the Edison High football team came to an end Saturday at Orange Coast College.

The Chargers, who last week won the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship, made their first appearance in a CIF State Regional playoff game when they took on CIF Southern Section Western Division champion Serra of Gardena in the Division II South final. For one half, it looked as though the Chargers had the chops to move on to the next week's division final. Then the game, and their season, took a turn in a tumultuous second half.

Edison committed three second-half turnovers that turned the game around. Serra was able to overcome a three-point halftime deficit by taking advantage of the miscues, outscoring the Chargers by 20 in the final 24 minutes to claim a 27-10 victory.

The loss snapped a 10-game win streak for Edison, which closed out a 13-2 campaign that included a Sunset League title.

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Serra won its ninth consecutive game to improve to 13-2 and advances to the Division II championship game Dec. 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson.

Edison started strong and led, 10-7, at the half.

"We made too many mistakes in the second half, and you can't do that against a team like that (Serra)," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We started out great, but the second half was totally opposite.

"But I was proud of our guys. They battled hard against the best team we've faced this year. They out-played us today."

Serra never trailed after taking the second half kickoff in for the go-ahead score. On the ninth play of a 75-yard drive, junior quarterback Jalen Greene scored on a four-yard run up the middle. Ryan Dobson's conversion gave the Cavaliers a 14-10 lead.

In addition to Greene's scoring run, he broke free from the pocket to scramble for 34 yards down to the Edison 27. He gained 15 yards on another scramble to put the ball at the 10.

Midway through the third quarter, Edison faced second down at midfield where Serra lineman Sam Akoteu recovered a fumble at the Edison 40. The Cavaliers took advantage of the game's first mistake by moving down to the two, where the drive stalled. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Dobson came on to kick a 19-yard field goal. It put the Cavaliers on top, 17-10.

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