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High School Football: It's time for playoffs

Postseason features Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Brethren Christian, starting Friday.

November 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Four local prep football teams have made their way into the postseason.

The four teams — Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Brethren Christian — will start the third leg of their season's journey with first-round games Friday in the CIF Southern Section Football Championships.

Edison, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach are all part of the Southwest Division field. The Chargers, the division's defending champion, will play at home for their opening game. The Barons and Oilers, are on the road for their openers.

Brethren Christian also is on the road for its East Valley Division opener.

Friday

Cypress (6-4) vs. Edison (7-3)

(7 p.m, Orange Coast College)

Edison begins defense of its 2012 Southwest Division championship when it takes on a Cypress team that finished in third place in the Empire League.

The Chargers went into the final week of the regular season last week, looking to earn at least a share of the Sunset League title. Instead, the defending league champs won the title outright when both Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos dropped their regular-season finales.

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Edison enters the playoffs as the division's No. 3 seed.

"Our goal was to be league champs, and we got that, even outright," Edison Coach Dave White said. "I think we are playing really well heading into the playoffs. We're excited to play Cypress."

Senior running back Tyler Warren has 715 yards and heads an Edison run game that has gained 2,026 total yards. Junior Matt Gane (347 rushing yards, 356 passing yards) will quarterback the Chargers who had used a two-man rotation at the position until senior Christian Heffelman was lost to a shoulder injury in the Nov. 2 Fountain Valley game.

Cypress finished third in the Empire League behind teams, Yorba Linda and Placentia Valencia, that are the No. 2 and 4 seeds in the division. Leading the Centurions offense is junior quarterback Nick Buras who has thrown for 1,385 yards with 14 touchdowns (four interceptions) and has rushed for an additional 485 yards.

Cypress started the season 5-1, but heads into the postseason having lost its last two regular-season games.

The Cypress-Edison Winner moves on to a quarterfinal game Nov. 22 against either Villa Park (8-2, Century No. 2) or Buena Park (8-2, Freeway League No. 2).

Edison defeated Villa Park in last year's Southwest Division championship game.

Fountain Valley (7-3) vs. San Juan Hills (9-1)

(7:30 p.m. San Juan Hills High)

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