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High School Football: Mater Dei takes advantage of Edison errors

Chargers fall to Monarchs, 21-7, as Mater Dei scores all of its points on three turnovers Friday night.

September 28, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison High's Tyler Warren (38) hangs his head on the sideline during the final minutes of a game against Mater Dei on Friday.
Edison High's Tyler Warren (38) hangs his head on… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

SANTA ANA — OK, so it wasn't the prettiest of things Friday at Santa Ana Stadium, but there were a few exciting moments by way of big plays during the big nonleague game between Edison High and Mater Dei.

There were plenty of lights and cameras — the showdown was the Prep Game of the Week and televised by Fox Sports 1 cable network, but little offensive action. No, not when three of the game's four scores came by way of defense.

Mater Dei cashed in on three turnovers to score all of its points and went on to take a 21-7 victory.

Both the Chargers (2-2) and Monarchs (5-0) showed that sometimes the best offense, is a good defense.

"I thought our defense played great all night, but our offense gave the ball away and it led to a lot of points for them," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Our defense was solid. We just turned the ball over too many times, again, just like we did last week. You won't win many games with four turnovers."

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Both offenses were stagnant.

Mater Dei, ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division, had less than 100 yards on the ground and through the air. The Monarchs mustered less than 190 yards of total offense.

And still won the game.

Edison's offense never reached the end zone, although the Chargers, who were co-No. 1 with La Habra in the Southwest Division coming into the game, repeatedly drove into Mater Dei territory.

Edison appeared to be moving in for a potential score late in the fourth quarter when it reached the Mater Dei 23 where it faced third-and-one, trailing, 14-7. The Chargers, who were six of 13 on third-down conversions to that point, tried a trick play on this particular third down, and it turned out to kill their chances.

Quarterback Christian Heffelman handed the ball off to senior running back Tyler Warren who then pitched the ball back to Heffelman. The pitch was low and Heffelman never got a handle on the ball. It fell loose at the 32 where a host of Monarchs came charging toward Heffelman. Malik McMorris, a 6-foot, 277-pound junior lineman, scooped up the ball and rambled 68 yards the other way for the clinching touchdown.

McMorris, with an entourage of teammates around him, had an open path to the end zone. Johnathan Shenk's point-after kick gave Mater Dei a 21-7 lead with 3:38 remaining.

"We're down seven and it looks like we were going in to score, and we turn the ball over again," White said. "That was the game, right there."

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