ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREP EXTRA : Edison Loses Standout Riederich in Victory Over Las Vegas Valley


Edison Coach Dave White was a bit worried before his team’s opener Friday against Las Vegas Valley. The visitors had dropped their first two games of the season, but White thought they had the potential to do some damage.

Wrong. Valley never threatened as Edison took a 34-0 lead and went on to win, 34-14, at Westminster High.

However, the Chargers’ Brodie Riederich, a starter at fullback and on the defensive line, suffered severe ligament damage to his right knee three minutes into the game and might be lost for the year.


“I don’t feel that great,” White said after the victory. “I feel for [Riederich], and for the team. Brodie is our heart and soul. He’s been working harder than anyone to get ready for this game and losing him gives us a couple of big holes to fill.”

White said team doctors thought Riederich suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which would be a season-ending injury. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior underwent surgery on his left knee two years ago.

Despite losing Riederich, the Chargers scored 21 points in the first quarter. Quarterback John Perez scored on a four-yard keeper and Alex Forero, who rushed for a game-high 73 yards, scored the first of his two touchdowns on a four-yard run. Ryan Tombrello scored on a 14-yard return of an interception.

The Vikings scored in the fourth quarter as quarterback Jeff Cirkosz connected on touchdown passes 60 yards to Darren Thomas and 26 yards to Jabari Marshall. Valley kicker Amy Scala added a pair of conversions.