Los Angeles Preps: Dave White

Edison 10, Los Alamitos 7

October, 13, 2011
Sedric HillBlair Angulo/ESPNLosAngeles.comEdison senior Sedric Hill had a 100-yard interception return for a TD that gave Edison a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -- It wasn't complete self-destruction because, well, time ran out.

The Edison Chargers survived a hectic final minute Friday night, escaping Sheue Field with a 10-7 win over Los Alamitos in the Sunset League opener. Edison nearly lost a fumble, had a punt blocked and was flagged for roughing the kicker on the potential game-tying field goal -- all with under a minute remaining.

Los Alamitos got new life after the missed 37-yard field goal and, with 13 seconds left, had the ball at the Chargers 10. The Griffins, without timeouts, handed the ball off to shifty back Cody Paul on a draw up the middle. He was tackled at the five and the seconds ticked off, one by one. Appearing dazed, Los Alamitos didn't even line up for another play.

Afterward, Edison coach Dave White could joke about it.

"We tried to give it away," White said, grinning.

The win improved the Chargers' chances of taking back the Sunset League crown from defending champ Los Alamitos. Edison (4-2) avoided its third straight loss and second straight heartbreak.

"The finish was nerve-racking," said Edison quarterback Chase Favreau, who had 80 yards rushing on 16 carries.

With the rush attack working, Favreau was credited with only three pass attempts, which he was perfect on for 58 yards. Tailback Elijah Herrera added 80 yards on the ground but eight penalties slowed the offense at inopportune times.

Edison's touchdown came in the second quarter, courtesy of the defense. Los Alamitos quarterback Dylan Lagarde’s lob to top target Kyle Roberts was picked off at the goal line by Sedric Hill.

"Once I caught the ball I had to run for my life," Hill said. "It was a big play."

Hill, with a convoy in front of him, returned the interception 100 yards for the score.

The Griffins (4-2) had their chances. They took the opening drive 64 yards to the Edison 16 but stalled, failing to convert on a fake field goal pass. They took the ball 75 yards on their second drive but turned the ball over on downs. Really, it could have been far worse for Los Al had Edison taken care of the football. The Chargers ran it 15 consecutive times on their first possession, and it appeared as if the strategy might work. They were a yard away from scoring when Herrera coughed up his first-down carry and the Griffins recovered. Favreau lost a fumble on the very next drive.

Paul, who finished with 145 yards rushing in 28 carries, capped a 68-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown to tie it at 7-7 late in the third quarter. But the Chargers regained the lead, 10-7, on a 32-yard field goal by Aleksander Torgersen, setting up the craziness that was the fourth quarter.

"We had lost a lot of confidence," White said. "We needed this one badly."

Orange County: No. 23 Los Alamitos 26, No. 21 Edison 21

November, 11, 2010
LONG BEACH -- It should have been a throwaway play. Los Alamitos had driven 50 yards, but a fumble and personal foul moved the ball back 31 yards. Facing a third-and-37, Los Alamitos quarterback Dylan Lagarde handed off to the in-motion Nick Richardson, who swept his way to the left sideline and cut back on the diagonal, through the Edison linebackers and the secondary and finally into the end zone.

Richardson went 57 yards on a snap that should have set up a punt, should have been an incidental in the stat book. Instead, it foretold what was to come.

Big plays.

Richardson, who had gained fewer than 57 yards in the two games since returning to the lineup from a toe injury, rushed for 158 yards as No. 23 Los Alamitos scored a 26-21 victory Thursday over No. 21 Edison to win the Sunset League title at Veterans Stadium. It is the 16th title in coach John Barnes' 32 seasons at Los Alamitos.

Richardson's dash wasn't the only long score of the first quarter. Richard Turner caught a medium-range pass from Lagarde and, as two Edison defenders bounced into each other, Turner bolted to the end zone for a 78-yard score and a 13-7 lead. It was the first of three touchdowns scored by Turner, who also added a four-yard carry in the second quarter and 69-yard dagger in the third to go up 26-14.

“The big plays happened because everyone did their jobs,” said Turner, a senior who had his first three TD game of his career. “In the past we haven't done our jobs.”

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Orange County: Mater Dei 27, No. 15 Edison 7

October, 1, 2010
COSTA MESA – The defense, Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said earlier this week, would have to carry his team this season. On Friday night, the Monarchs put their backs into it. Led by Miguel Sandoval, Joseph Schmidt and two turnovers in the first three minutes that led to quick touchdowns, Mater Dei won for the second week in a row against an ESPNLA.com top 25 opponent.

This time the Monarchs defeated No. 15 Edison, 27-7, in a nonleague contest that was never in doubt. Not after the start that the Mater Dei got.

“They're going to talk about Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell, and deservedly so, but we were rocking on defense,”Rollinson said. “The interception was huge, we had a bunch of sacks, put pressure on Chase (Favreau) the whole night -- he never got comfortable, and I commend him for going, the word is he didn't practice all week (because of a sprained ankle).

“I challenged both fronts, and I challenged the defensive line right before we came out to make something happen and they did. . . . You hold them to seven points, that's a heck of a defensive effort.”

There were two sacks, but three other plays in which Favreau -- who transferred from Mater Dei (2-2) to Edison (3-2) -- was tackled for a loss. After the interception, the defense forced a Favreau fumble that also set up a short score, and it limited the potent Edison offense to 120 yards -- 33 came on the final series as it ran out the clock.

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Orange County: Edison is young, but the Chase is on for greatness

September, 17, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH -- After a couple of easy victories, Edison stepped in with a top 25 opponent on Thursday and escaped with a 27-21 victory. How did the Chargers look, even though No. 25 Dana Hills had a chance to win at the end?

Edison, with only one returning starter on offense and defense, looked like it was on the verge of being very good even though Coach Dave White lamented that “we must have had 150 yards in penalties.” The truth is that it only seemed like it. However, Edison did commit a lot of penalties – 15 for 100 yards – way too many to beat Servite next week or (we think) Mater Dei the week after that. By comparison, Dana Hills committed two penalties for 15 yards.

It was obvious that Chase Favreau has a terrific arm and is a good runner. He's a definite threat. When he and his receivers get in sync, Edison could be a Pac-5 championship contender. He ran for 80 yards and passed for 154 and scored doing both. Against Dana Hills, the junior quarterback who transferred from Mater Dei and his receivers were just a step off – or Favreau was throwing the ball too hard to catch. Receivers couldn't hold on to several passes.

Right now, the kid has a touch problem.

“I play baseball, a pitcher, I'm used to throwing a hard ball,”Favreau said. “That's something I have to work on, getting the touch of the ball. We should've (scored 35 or 40 points). This game shouldn't have been close. They're a good team. They're a good program. But it shouldn't have been that close. We're much better than that.”

Once Edison gets in sync – and it will at some point – the Chargers are going to be really good on offense. All Favreau needs to do is learn to throw a changeup.

By the way, Favreau said his uncle is John Favreau, but is not related to the actor Jon Favreau.

Orange County: Edison 27, No. 25 Dana Hills 21

September, 16, 2010
HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Edison coach Dave White put off the media for a moment. He went looking for Trent Mason, the Dana Hills quarterback. He finally found him at the end of the line as the two teams shook hands.

“You're one of the best players we've played against, and I've been doing this 32 years,” White told the quarterback.

Then, with tape recorders rolling, White called Mason “a one-man wrecking crew.”

A wrecking crew that wasn't enough to spur Dana Hills to victory. That belonged to Edison, which scored a 27-21 defeat of the No. 25 Dolphins (2-1). But enough of a wrecking crew that the 21-0 lead by Edison (3-0) was in serious jeopardy as the minutes wound down.

Mason, a safety as well as a quarterback, had a chance to lead the Dolphins to an improbable victory after their first four possessions of the game ended with a fumble, an interception, a sack on fourth down, and another fumble.

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Orange County: For Dana Hills and Edison, something has to give

September, 15, 2010
There is no reason to not be excited about the impending duel Thursday between Dana Hills and Edison. Trent Mason is a dual threat who last week passed for 221 yards, ran for 97 and had a hand in five touchdowns for the No. 25 Dolphins (2-0) against Aliso Niguel.

It's also a chance for Chase Favreau, the transfer from Mater Dei, to show off what all the fuss was about. He had been denied eligibility until that decision was reversed a little more than a week ago. He saw blitzes all night but still passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in his varsity debut against Long Beach Wilson.

Dana Hills is averaging 50 points per game, which is impressive. Edison is averaging 53.5.

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Orange County: Edison already has two losses on the season

August, 31, 2010
Edson lost only once last season, but the Pac-5 runner-up has already suffered two big losses this season.

Chase Favreau, who transferred from Mater Dei to Edison in January, has been ruled ineligible. Favreau, a junior quarterback, would have been the starter for the Chargers, who were 13-1 last season and lost to Servite in the title game.

The CIF-Southern Section ruled that Favreau's move was athletically motivated. Paperwork was submitted to the section office recently, which is why the ruling came now instead of earlier in the year.

Coach Dave White, who begins his 25th season as head coach, said Edison will appeal the decision.

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