Football: Chargers live it up on the island

The opponent was a mystery and the surroundings were new to several players, but things couldn't have turned out any better for the Edison High football team Saturday in Hawaii.

Last week, Edison went to the island of Maui for its season opener, and the Chargers stormed their way to a 49-10 victory over the host Baldwin Bears at War Memorial Stadium.

The Chargers took command from the start and turned a 21-0 lead after the opening quarter into a 35-3 advantage at halftime.

They extended the lead to 42-3 through three quarters.

"For not knowing what to expect from this game, I was pretty pleased with how we played," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We got to play everybody, we used four quarterbacks, and we threw for over 300 yards. It was a pretty good start."

A senior, two juniors and a sophomore saw time at quarterback and the foursome combined to throw for 307 yards and six touchdowns. Senior starter Matt Gane was 7 of 11 for 185 yards and three scores, junior Grant Lowary was 8 of 14 for 114 yards and a pair of scores, and sophomore Bowen Blake threw a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Gane's early passing set the tone and put Edison into a comfortable lead. He threw all three of his TD passes in the first quarter.

His first two went to senior receiver Jake Favreau, the first, a 49-yarder just three minutes into the game. The two hooked up later in the quarter on a 42-yard score. Gane also threw a 37-yard score to junior receiver Jacob Price.

Gane's fourth score of the game came on a 3-yard run midway through the second quarter and it put Edison on top, 28-0. Lowary's first touchdown pass of the season came late in the first half when he hit senior receiver AJ Beynon on a 40-yard pass play.

"I was unsure of our offense heading into the game but we played well," White said. "Our passing game was sharp, but we need to rush the ball a little better.

"Defensively, I thought we played really well."

Favreau, who had seven receptions for 146 yards, caught his third scoring pass of the game when he and Lowary connected on 13-yard play in the third quarter. Edison reached the end zone one final time in the fourth quarter when Blake hit senior tight end Braydon Wilson with a 3-yard scoring pass.

The Edison defense didn't yield a touchdown until less that two minutes remained in the game, the score coming on a 1-yard run by Baldwin junior quarterback Jonovan-Taje Akaka Foster.

The Bears also opened their season Saturday.

Edison improved to 2-0 all-time against Baldwin. The Chargers defeated the Bears, 48-10, in the first meeting which opened the Chargers' 2011 season.

The Chargers returned home Monday.

"It was a great trip and a great way to get our season underway," White said.

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