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Edison Football Preview: Champs start over

Edison, which won Sunset League and CIF Southern Section Southwest Division titles, enter without 12 all-league players.

August 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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OK, what to do for an encore?

A year ago at this time, the Edison High football team was not only preparing for the 2012 season but, like its five Sunset League rivals, was gearing up for its maiden year as a competing member of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division.

With a talent-packed team a year ago, Edison went on to run the table in both the Sunset League and Southwest Division and won two championships in the process. The Sunset crown marked the seventh time in the last eight years the Chargers have either won or shared the title, and the Southern Section championship was the school's first since a co-title in 1985.

On the final day of November of last year, Edison went to Angel Stadium and defeated Villa Park to capture the Southwest Division title. The Chargers also received an invitation to play in the CIF Division II State Regional Championship game, where they fell to eventual Division II state champion Gardena Serra.

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Coming off a championship season would be a big boost to any football program. But it's a new fall, and Chargers Coach Dave White, who starts his 28th year at his alma mater, has his focus squarely on the coming season.

"Winning the CIF championship last year was quite a thrill and well deserved by that talented and hard-working team," said White, who won a Southern Section title for the first time in his fourth trip to a section final. "It created quite a buzz on campus and with all the alumni.

"This past season I will cherish forever but now it is time to focus on this team and all our goals."

Graduation took a toll on the Chargers. Gone from last year's team are 12 All-Sunset League players including the league's MVP (DE Derek Baljeu), defensive player of the year (LB Alejandro Perez), one of its two offensive backs of the Year (QB Alek Torgersen), defensive player of the year (DB Dylan Luther), one of its two offensive linemen of the year (OT Miah Frosh), and one of its two defensive linemen of the year (DE Trenton Aschoff).

Back, though, are six other all-league players including first team all-league and All-CIF player Tico Fuga (OG/DT) and Jesse Sosebee, a first team all-league offensive tackle. Fuga and Sosebee recently committed to BYU and Boise St., respectively.

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