NEWPORT BEACH -- Having won three of its four Sunset League games by six points or fewer, nothing had come easy this season for Edison. But with a chance to win a fifth league title in six years, Edison made the most of its opportunity Thursday against upset-minded Newport Harbor.
Behind the running of quarterback Chase Favreau, Edison scored a 35-7 victory over Newport Harbor, guaranteeing the Chargers a first-round home game when the Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs begin next week.
Edison (9-1, 5-0) finished ahead of Huntington Beach (8-2, 4-1) and Newport (5-5, 3-2). Huntington Beach beat Fountain Valley, 30-12.
Had Newport been able to win, it would have created a three-way tie for first place.
Favreau scored on runs of 28 and 17 yards in the first half, and also connected on TD passes of 34 to Curren Provost and 37 to Sedric Hill -- again, all in the first half -- as the Chargers opened a 28-7 lead and took all the mystery out of the league title game.
"Chase makes things happen," said Edison coach Dave White, who is two victories from reaching 200 in his career. "He can run, he has a cannon, he's a competitor. The whole team, we did a lot of good things tonight."
Favreau said it was an important win going into the playoffs.
"This performance, putting up a lot of points and shutting the other team out, that give us a good feeling going into the playoffs and hypes us up a little more for who we’re going to play next," Favreau said. "We definitely reached our potential tonight. We were a couple plays away from being really good. Seemed we put it all together tonight and the score says it all."
Newport's one bright spot early was Titus Hasson's 90-yard kickoff return following Favreau's first score to tie the contest at 7-7, but that was as good as it got for Newport. The offense never mounted a serious threat until the final minute when the reserves were in the game.
Indicative of the night for Newport: on the second play of the third quarter, Favreau completed a pass to Hill who looked to be headed for an 82-yard score, but Hasson ran him down and caused a fumble at the one-yard line; it was recovered in the end zone by Connor Mase for a touchdown. That made it 35-7, which the score would remain until Edison put in its reserves with 9:51 left in the game.
"I can't think of too many kids who didn't play well tonight," said White, who is in his 26th season as coach. "They didn't want to share. They didn't want to be co-champs or tri-champs."