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High School Football: Edison edged by Los Al, 16-10

Chargers knocked out of first place in Sunset League after loss to Griffins Thursday night.

October 25, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / HB Independent )

In forging a three-game winning streak over the past three weeks, the Edison High football team took care of the football.

Thursday night at Huntington Beach High's Cap Sheue Field, the Chargers couldn't hang on to the pigskin, and it cost them an important Sunset League game.

And, the final result sent the league race into a wide-open affair.

In a low-scoring slugfest between two teams ranked in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, fifth-ranked Los Alamitos climbed back into the league title chase by squeezing out a 16-10 victory, knocking second-ranked Edison out of first place in the process.

In another close battle between the schools, a series that was tied, 5-5, in the 10 meetings prior to Thursday's game, Los Alamitos (7-1, 2-1 in league) found a way to win. Edison (5-3, 2-1) was more productive offensively in the first half, although neither team scored much, and the Griffins benefited from untimely mistakes by the Chargers.

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Edison threw two interceptions, had a punt blocked, and fumbled on a punt return late in the game down six points.

"Offensively we didn't play well, our punt team was terrible, and we made some bad decisions tonight," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We had opportunities to win this game, but we didn't move the ball. We turned the ball over just as we had done earlier in the year, in losses to Servite and Mater Dei."

Thursday's outcome left Fountain Valley as the only remaining undefeated team in Sunset League play. The 2-0 Barons play Friday at Newport Harbor. The Sailors are 1-1 in league, having defeated Los Alamitos and losing to Edison the past two weeks.

Yes, the Sunset race just took on a new twist.

"It's a tough league," said White who earlier in the year predicted that the eventual Sunset League champion wouldn't go 5-0 en route to the title.

A strange first half ended with Los Alamitos holding a 7-3 lead despite its offense earning only one first down, and a second one, by virtue of a penalty. The one by penalty was big, as it put the Griffins first-and-goal at the Edison two-yard line midway through the second quarter. Two plays later, a touchdown run by Mike Hayden gave the Griffins their first lead at 7-3.

The scoring drive was set up by a fumble recovery by defensive back Sam Corder-Lee at the Edison 43. On the next play, quarterback Nick Wendell threw a pass inside the 10 that receiver Demonte King went high to grab at the Edison four. The pass play was the initial first down of the half for the Griffins.

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