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Football: Edison's White has fear of unknown

Dave White said he doesn't like heading into a game having only a little knowledge of the opposition, but that's where the veteran coach of the Edison High football team stands in regard to the Baldwin Bears.

Edison is on the Hawaiian island of Maui, home of Henry Perrine Baldwin High (Wailuku, HI.), for its season opener. The teams clash at 9 p.m. PST Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

It will be Edison's second trip in four years to the island where they will meet Baldwin for the second time.

The Chargers won the first meeting in their 2011 season opener, 48-10, over a Baldwin team that went on to reach the semifinals of the Hawaii state tournament.

There are new faces on the Baldwin roster from the team White and the Chargers faced four seasons ago.

"We're going into this thing with a blank slate," White said. "That's an uneasy feeling for me when it comes to knowing something about teams we play. When we played them a few years ago, they had a different head coach.

"They (Baldwin) were supposed to open their season two weeks ago, and that would have given us something to go on."

One familiar face on the Baldwin sideline is that of Bears head coach Keneke Pacheco. Last year, Pacheco served as interim head coach of the Bears and previously had been part of the program's coaching staff since 2002.

Pacheco said he also hoped he had something on Edison to work with.

He was a Baldwin assistant coach when the teams met in 2011.

"I remember them having a really good team that year but this year, we really don't know anything about them," he said. "Playing them is always a big challenge but it's always great when a team comes to the islands to play us.

"It would have been nice, though, to have a game under out belt. We're a young team and we need some game experience."

Saturday also will mark the start to the season for Baldwin, although that wasn't to be the case. The Bears were scheduled to open against Oahu Farrington on Aug. 9, but Hurricane Iselle caused the game to be canceled.

As interim head coach last year, Pacheco guided the Bears to an overall record of 6-5. His team went 6-2 in the Maui Interscholastic League and won the league title.

Twenty-two players return from that team, 10 of whom Pacheco said played either offense or defense.

The Bears reached the first round of the First Hawaiian Bank/Hawaii High School Athletic Assn. Division 1 Football State Championships last fall.

"Last year, we were a rebuilding team," he said. "Even though we gained some experience, we again are young this year. We are a 'work-in-progress,' at this point. A big strength for our team is the fact that these young kids have been working hard together."

Two of Baldwin's leaders are quarterback Jonovan-Taje Akaka Foster and middle linebacker/running back Colton Keahi.

"This year he has really took on a leadership role for us," Pacheco said of Akaka Foster who started last year as a sophomore.

"Colton (Keahi) also has been very active this year on taking on the same role on defense. They are two key players for us."

Last year, the Bears averaged 21 points per game on offense. They were shut out once (first game of the season), and scored a touchdown or less in four other games. Defensively, they gave up 35 or more points in four contests.

One of their five losses in 2013 was a 49-20 setback at home to Mission Viejo.

Before departing Tuesday for Maui, Edison held a night scrimmage Friday in preparation for its Saturday opener.

"I thought our defense looked pretty good and our offense was a little behind," White said. "We have a bunch of new guys and it's going to take awhile to get things going. Our goal is to simply get better every week. We'll find out more where we stand after playing an actual game."

Edison, which went 9-4 and won the Sunset League title last year, is opening a season in Hawaii for the 10th time in its history. The program is 7-2 in its nine previous trips to the islands.

Both coaches are eager to begin the season.

"There's no hurricane in sight, no rain in sight, so we're good to go, finally," Pacheco said.


Oilers' game to be featured

FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket, in partnership with the CIF-Southern Section, announced on Aug. 14 its TV and online streaming schedule for the first four weeks of the 2014 prep football season.

The complete schedule includes 85 games across FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and Prep Zone.

Prime Ticket's 18th season of televising prep football begins with Servite hosting Las Vegas Bishop Gorman at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the "Ford CIF Southern Section TV Game of the Week."

Also at 7:30 p.m. that night, FOXSportsWest.com's Prep Zone's streaming platform will launch its fourth year of CIF-SS football coverage with the following nonleague games: Westlake at Canyon Canyon Country, Rancho Cucamonga at Trabuco Hills, Bishop Amat at Santa Margarita and Arroyo Grande at Lompoc.

The Sept. 5 nonleague game between San Clemente and host Huntington Beach will be featured on Prep Zone.

Prep Zone Encore will be shown every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket during the season.

Prior to live game coverage each week, the "High School Spotlight" pre-game show will be offered on both TV and online platforms starting at 7 p.m.


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