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High School Football: Chargers shut out Garfield, 18-0

Edison improves to 2-0 after scoring impressive win in home opener Thursday night.

September 06, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Dave White felt his Edison football team showed improvement over the past week.

Coming off a nine-point win at Compton Centennial to start the season, the Chargers opened their home schedule Thursday against Los Angeles Garfield. They scored on their first possession of both halves and made those scores stand, and rode their first defensive shutout of the season to an 18-0 victory at Cap Sheue Field.

The two wins gives Edison, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, some momentum heading into a bye week. And that's a good thing, as consecutive nonleague games against Servite, Mater Dei and San Clemente, await the Chargers.

"We had some good things happen on offense but we need to be a little more consistent," White said. "We'd have a good play, then we'd stall. We'd drive downfield, then fumble. But, I thought we got better from last week."

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In a 27-18 win over Centennial last Friday, Edison turned the ball over three times and had 120 yards in penalties. Thursday, the Chargers only turned the ball over once and were penalized just twice for 10 yards.

Junior quarterback Matt Gane keyed Edison's opening possession of the game. He carried the ball on four of the first six plays of the drive which included an 18-yard first-down run on the first play from scrimmage. He ended an eight-play, 74-yard drive by throwing a nice, 26-yard touchdown pass in the end zone to wide open senior receiver Jeremy Maxwell.

Hunter Kelley's conversion made it 7-0 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.

On their next possession, the Chargers moved from their own 47 out to the Garfield 27 but were pushed back when Gane was dropped for a 14-yard loss on first down. Kelley came on to attempt a 51-yard field goal with 10:29 left in the second quarter, but his kick was short and wide right.

Edison had 121 yards of offense and Garfield 81 in the half. The Bulldogs (0-2) mounted a scoring threat late in the half and faced third-and-eight from the Edison 21. They moved backward from there as quarterback Ausencio Navarro's screen pass to TyJon Delancy blew up in the backfield. Delancy was dropped for a nine-yard loss by a host of Chargers led by lineman Markus Boyer. On fourth down from the 30, Boyer was in on a sack of Navarro that resulted in a four-yard loss with one second left on the first-half clock.

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