Edison's 20-14 victory over Huntington Beach on Thursday gave the Chargers full control of the Sunset League, virtually assuring them of the league title and the league's all-important No. 1 berth into the football playoffs.
That's important because first-place Edison will likely play a third-place team in the first round of the Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs. The playoffs begin in three weeks.
When the season began, the Sunset League had figured to be a two-team race between Edison (6-2, 3-0) and Los Alamitos (5-2, 1-1); Edison won that game, 10-7. Third place figured to be between Huntington Beach (6-2, 2-1) and Newport Harbor (3-4, 1-1); Huntington Beach won that game, 35-7. But when Edison played at Huntington Beach on Thursday, first place was on the line.
Elijah Herrera rushed for two touchdowns and Chase Favreau passed for 165 yards, including a 48-yard score to Connor Mase, to lead Edison as both teams scored all their points in the first half.
Bryce Campbell intercepted a pass by HB's Michael Chislock in the last 2 1/2 minutes to seal the deal for Edison, which hasn't lost on the field to the Oilers since 1993. Last week, Huntington Beach's win over Newport was the first since 1991, so the Oilers were in a streak-busting mode.
Los Alamitos plays at Newport Harbor on Friday night, and then next week Huntington Beach plays Los Alamitos, and Edison plays Fountain Valley in its big rivalry game. A victory by Huntington Beach would be epic, and after its performance Thursday, might not be so far-fetched. Not only will second place be on the line, but the third-place team will get matched with a first-place opponent in the first round of the playoffs -- and neither team will want that.