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Week 9 High School Football Preview: Edison vs. Fountain Valley

Week 9 High School Football Preview: Edison vs. Fountain Valley
Edison High running back Kobe Lopez (3), pictured being tackled by Newport Harbor on Oct. 11, heads into Friday's Battle for the Bell game having rushed for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. (Christine Cotter)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Orange Coast College

Key Chargers: Sr. LB Luke Hoggard (77 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss); Sr. RB Kobe Lopez (132 carries for 672 yards and four TDs); Jr. DE Trent Fletcher (61 tackles, eight sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one blocked field goal); Jr. LB/RB Mike Walters (59 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery; 33 carries for 212 yards and eight TDs)

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Key Barons: Jr. QB Josh Stupin (126 of 242 passing for 1,769 yards, 14 TDs and six INTs); Sr. WR/KR Brandon Krause (53 catches for 709 yards and five TDs); Sr. WR/PR Kishaun Sykes (27 catches for 529 yards and six TDs; 25 carries for 285 yards and three TDs); Jr. DB Jerry Ngo (49 tackles, two INTs, one forced fumble)

Breakdown: Edison is the visiting team in the 51st edition of the Battle for the Bell rivalry game against Fountain Valley. The Chargers have won the past 13 meetings with the Barons and lead the series 35-14-1 … Edison is tied for third place in the Sunset League with Huntington Beach at 2-1, while Fountain Valley shares fifth with Newport Harbor at 0-3. Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos are atop the league at 2-0-1. With a win, the Chargers, who are 4-4 overall, will most likely clinch a berth into the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs … Fountain Valley has struggled since the death of assistant coach Scott Panique in September, losing four in a row to fall to 4-4 overall … Last week, Edison used sophomore Jacob Hanlon at quarterback, along with sophomore Braeden Boyles, who took over as the starter after senior Patrick Angelovic broke his collarbone in a 33-14 nonleague win at San Juan Hills on Sept. 7 … The Barons are ranked No. 10 in the Division 8 poll.

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