Edison High School’s defensive domination limited Ocean View to 56 yards in the first half in a 16-0 Sunset League victory at Huntington Beach High School in front of 1,500 Friday night.
The Edison defense spent the evening harrying Ocean View quarterback Randy Karliner, who threw his first six passes incomplete. On the night, he completed 13 of 35 for 169 yards.
“We have a real good defense and we felt like we could put pressure on them,” Edison Coach Dave White said. “We’re an attacking type defense. We take chances, we stunt and the kids did a good job of that tonight.
“We got a shutout. That’s the bottom line,” he said.
Ocean View finished with 177 yards to Edison’s 260. Still, the domination could have been worse. Edison wide receiver Patrick Reilly ran the opening kickoff back 95 yards for what looked like a touchdown, but the play was nullified due to clipping and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Edison took possession at the 25 and two plays later, Edison quarterback Donnie Smith, playing for injured starter Greg Angelovic, was intercepted by Scott Caringella at the Edison 37. The Seahawks were unable to capitalize on the turnover.
Edison’s first score came in the first period on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Reilly that capped a 10-play drive starting from the Edison 34.
Ocean View, unable to move the ball on its next possession, attempted to punt on fourth down, deep in its own territory, but Edison blocked the punt. Darren Lance recovered, and the Chargers had first-and-goal at the 5.
Two plays later, Smith ran it in for the touchdown and the only score of the second quarter.
The only score in the second half came with less than 2 minutes remaining. An Edison punt landed at the Ocean View 3 yard line. Karliner dropped back in his end zone and was sacked for the safety by Lamont Peay and Mark Zamiska, making it 16-0.
“We played great defense, and that’s what wins games,” White said.
“We feel we can win with Donnie (Smith),” White said. But he said he hoped Angelovic would be ready by the playoffs. The starting quarterback was injured in an Oct. 21 loss to Fountain Valley.
Smith completed 7 of 16 passes for 89 yards, two interceptions and 1 touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown.