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Football: 20 reasons to watch the Edison tournament

The 20-team Huntington Beach Edison seven on seven passing tournament is set for Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at Edison High. The championship game should happen after 3:30 p.m.

Here’s 20 reasons fans might want to drop by for a sneak peek to see how things are developing just weeks before the start of official football practice.

St. John Bosco: Who’s going to replace Jaleel Wadood as the Braves’ big-play receiver? The word is Jared Harrell is ready to assume that role catching passes from quarterback Josh Rosen.

Gardena Serra: The Cavaliers have a quarterback competition under way, but everyone can’t wait to see running back Malik Roberson return from ACL surgery.

Corona Centennial: The Huskies rarely do well in this tournament, so don’t panic. Watch to see how the new quarterbacks perform and whether Centennial players display their usual aggressive, confident attitude.

Los Alamitos: Yes, a punter figures to be the Griffins’ quarterback this fall. Talented athlete Blake Johnson will do his best, but the strength of this team is its linebackers. Watch and admire Johnson, Denzal Brantley and Matt Locher.

Santa Margarita: Junior K.J. Costello has been a hot quarterback this summer, drawing multiple scholarship offers. But he’ll need to be on target and get protection to excel in another tough Trinity League. If receiver Kyle Sweet is healthy, he'll put on a show.

Upland: Few teams have as much talent as the Highlanders, but everyone has the same question: Will the defense that gave up 86 points to Centennial last season in a single game make improvement?

Mission Hills: This team from San Marcos near San Diego has one of the best defensive backs in the state in Dechaun Holiday.  Just making the trip to Orange County indicates Mission Hills wants to compete against the best.

Glendora: With junior quarterback Matt Fink leading the way, expectations are rising. This is a great tournament for the Tartans to introduce themselves.

Alemany: The Warriors go on their dead period after Saturday, so they’re going to be fired up to give their best. So far, new quarterback Blake Green has been efficient and effective, and he hasn’t even shown off his running skills yet. An improved defense makes the Warriors very dangerous.

Valencia: If Coach Larry Muir could only clone receiver-defensive back Jay Jay Wilson a couple times, he’d be in great shape. QB Cole Parkinson is making steady progress.

JSerra: Denied a Pac-5 Division playoff berth last season, the Lions will try again behind quarterback Nick Robinson, defensive back Ethan Aguayo and linebacker David Eugenio.

La Habra: When the Highlanders have an experienced quarterback, they thrive, so get ready for a big season from Eric Barriere.

Santa Ana Mater Dei: Remember that the strength of the Monarchs is their offensive and defensive lines, so if the skill-position players are looking good on Saturday, beware.

Westlake: Come out and watch heavily recruited junior quarterback Malik Henry, who has lots of good receivers to catch his pinpoint passes.

Bishop Amat:  Everyone should put down a lawn chair, sit back and admire the junior duo of Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns as they catch passes and cover receivers. The Lancers won the Bonita tournament and will be tough to beat.

Canyon Country Canyon: Twins Liam and Israel Cabrera are more than just brothers. They’re intense, capable receiver-defensive backs for the Cowboys.

Edison: The host Chargers always give opponents fits, because they don’t drop passes and the defensive backs don’t get beat deep.

Hart: If any team defeats the Indians this summer, it’s headline news. With no pass rush, it’s just tough to prevent quarterback Brady White and receiver Trent Irwin from reaching the end zone.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame: New receiver CJ Sanders from Tennessee gets to show off his speed (he ran a blazing 40-yard time in Oregon) and watch out for 6-foot-7 tight end Aaron Haigler.

Narbonne:  Junior quarterback Roman Ale gets started on a two-year run trying to lead the Gauchos back to the top in the City Section.

So that’s a brief synopsis of potential story lines this weekend. Winning the tournament won’t guarantee success this fall. But there’s going to be lots of talent on display, and the receiver-defensive back battles should produce some great matchups.



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