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.
With Favreau in the lineup, Edison is regarded as a top 10 team in Orange County. Without him – and coupled with the news that running back Davion Orphey was academically ineligible having hit just days earlier – Edison will have much more work to prove itself. The Chargers went from being a contender for the Sunset League title to perhaps scrambling to get one of three playoff berths.
"We're going to be good," White said, "but it takes a toll when you lose your quarterback and your best player. I feel bad for the team."
Orphey's loss is particularly tough on the Chargers. He is an electrifying running back and among the best cornerbacks in the county; his loss on the defensive side of the ball probably hurts Edison the most. There is a school of thought that if you are academically ineligible, you deserve it. The problem is that his teammates didn't deserve it. For a player of Orphey's talent his exclusion for academic reasons is particularly frustrating.
Edison begins its season on Friday at Artesia. Its biggest early test is against Dana Hills on Sept. 16, which is also the Chargers' first home game. They play Servite in a rematch of last year's Pac-5 championship, and Mater Dei in Games 4 and 5.