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High School Football: Oilers, Chargers clash

HB and Edison score big wins and will meet in CIF Southern Section Southwest Division semifinals.

November 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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They started playing one another in 1970, but in the 43 years since, the Edison High and Huntington Beach football teams are about to do something in the series between the local rivals, that hasn't been done before.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Chargers and Oilers will meet for the second time in a season, for the first time. This showdown has major implications, too, as the winner will move on to contend for the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship Dec. 7 at Anaheim Stadium.

The teams opened Sunset League play against each other Oct. 11. Eight weeks later, both are on a roll heading into Friday's semifinal game at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.

"We're excited for the opportunity to play them again," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "From where we were a month ago, with a chance to have our season be over, to where we are now, shows the resiliency and character of our team.

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"We're happy to be here, but we want to play beyond Friday."

Edison was in this same spot last year, the semifinal round, and used a 22-16 victory over Foothill to advance to the division title game.

"It's great to be in the position to get to the final again," Edison Coach Dave White said.

Edison, champion of the Sunset League and the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, is the defending Southwest Division champion. The Chargers (9-3) have won four straight games and have outscored the opposition, 118-29, in the process. Their defense, which has held six of 12 offenses it has faced to a touchdown or less, has registered three shutouts. Two of those shutouts have come during the four-game win streak including last week when they knocked off Villa Park, 10-0, in the quarterfinals.

Junior quarterback Matt Gane ran for 155 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run, and senior Hunter Kelley kicked a 23-yard field goal, as the Chargers scored all 10 of the game's points in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers shut out a Villa Park team that a week earlier, had put up 66 points in a 66-40 first-round win over Buena Park.

It is a year ago this Saturday, that Edison defeated the Spartans, 28-10, in the Southwest Division title game at Anaheim Stadium.

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