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High School Football: Edison suffers first loss

Servite gains control early and earns 31-14 victory against Chargers Thursday night at OCC.

September 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

COSTA MESA — Earlier in the week, Dave White felt that his Edison High football team needed to be at its best to beat Servite, the sixth-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division. The veteran head coach was right, but that wasn't the case for the Chargers Thursday at Orange Coast College.

Early turnovers, and the inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities, hurt Edison's chances in the nonleague showdown. Servite, though, set the tone from the start and went on to claim a 31-14 victory.

The setback snapped an eight-game regular-season win streak for Edison dating to a 20-14 loss last September to Mater Dei. It put the Chargers, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, at 2-1 overall.

The 31 points were the most given up by the Chargers in a regular-season game since surrendering 42 to Mater Dei in a 42-14 loss during the 2007 season.

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"We weren't good enough," White said. "We needed to be, but we weren't. I think we had three turnovers in the first half, which hurt us, and we had a penalty at the [Servite] one, that also cost us.

"They are good and we are average right now, but we'll get better."

The Friars, who have won three straight to improve to 3-1, scored on the opening possession of the game and never trailed. They marched downfield and three straight running plays by Tate Beachley ended the drive. The junior running back scored on a one-yard run, two plays after he had rambled 28 yards to put the ball at the Edison three-yard line.

Then, Edison made its first mistake.

On its first possession, Edison quarterback Matt Gane took off on a keeper for 13 yards near midfield, but the junior coughed up the ball when hit, and the Friars recovered at the Edison 47. A pass-interference call on first down against the Chargers moved the ball down to the 32. On the next play, senior running back Nick Lopiccola took off around left end and down the Edison sideline, broke a tackle at the 13, and cut across the field to the end zone. The 32-yard burst put the Friars in front, 13-0, with 5:25 still left in the first quarter.

Another mistake by the Chargers, a low snap during a fourth-down punting situation, set Servite up in great field position. The Friars took over on downs at the Edison 32. They settled for a 35-yard field goal by Andrew Acosta to increase their lead to 16-0 early in the second quarter.

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