Elsinore 45, Paloma Valley 26
Ramona 17, Norte Vista 14
Edison 22, Fountain Valley 8
No one dared to pencil in Huntington Beach Edison as a Southern Section Division I title contender before the season, but the Chargers can no longer be overlooked after their 22-8 thumping of neighborhood rival Fountain Valley Friday night before a crowd of close to 10,000 at Edison Field.
Matt White, the son of Edison Coach Dave White, made two interceptions, caught a 33-yard touchdown pass and was part of a defense that recorded nine tackles for losses against a team that only two weeks ago beat the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, Los Alamitos.
By winning the critical Sunset League game, Edison (6-3, 3-1), ranked No. 22 by The Times, created a three-way tie for first place with No. 12 Fountain Valley (6-3, 3-1) and Los Alamitos (8-1, 3-1).
The Chargers keep raising their level of play, particularly on defense. Despite having only three senior starters and no huge linemen, Edison has limited opponents to one or zero touchdowns in seven of its nine games.
"Sometimes during games, I sit and watch them because I enjoy them so much," Dave White said of his overachieving Chargers. "They're so disciplined. I'm so proud of these kids."
Sophomore quarterback Brian Shrock completed eight of nine passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Fountain Valley's offense was stuck in reverse most of the night. Edison led 16-0 at halftime. Quarterback Chris Debowski was intercepted three times in the second quarter and was saved from a fourth interception by an official's call. Fountain Valley was outgained, 123-16, in the first half.
White was so effective playing receiver and cornerback that he forced Fountain Valley to commit pass interference penalties on offense and defense in a futile attempt to neutralize him.
Meanwhile, inside linebacker Nate Mitani of Edison was having the time of his life playing at Edison Field. An outstanding outfielder for the Chargers' baseball team, Mitani was disrupting the Barons' offense with his aggressive tackling. Asked about the Chargers' defensive success, Mitani said, "It's all heart. We've got more heart than anyone."
As for Matt White, his younger brother, Hunter, a freshman running back, was on the sideline serving as a manager and admiring every moment of his brother's success. "Whenever you watch your big brother do something, it's awesome," he said. "He's my hero."
Marina 27, Huntington Beach 7