Huntington Beach Edison intercepted four passes and twice prevented Anaheim Esperanza from scoring inside the 20-yard line in a 31-7 Sunset League victory Thursday night at Placentia Valencia High.
Nate Mitani intercepted two passes and returned one 41 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. The victory sets up a battle for first place in league next Friday against Fountain Valley at Edison Field.
“I expected a little more, but I didn’t expect much against us, not against our defense,” Mitani said of the Aztecs.
Edison (5-3, 2-1), ranked No. 22 in the Southland by The Times, gave up only a 63-yard scoring pass from Grant Farrell to Wesley Williams in the third quarter after building a 17-0 halftime lead. Esperanza (4-4, 1-2) finished with five turnovers, which led to 17 points.
-- Martin Henderson
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Van Nuys Montclair Prep in honor of former athletic director Greg Reece, who died on Sept. 21. He was 52.
Reece worked at Montclair Prep from 1984-2001.