It's the fourth week of the season for the Edison High football team, and with it comes what has become a must-see game on the Chargers' schedule.
For the seventh straight year, Edison is playing Servite in game No. 4. This year's nonleague matchup pits the two-time CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division champion Friars against the Chargers. Both teams head into Friday's 7 p.m. showdown at what is certain to be a standing-room-only crowd at Huntington Beach High's Cap Sheue Field with 3-0 records.
The programs aren't strangers to each other, either. Servite and Edison have played one another 13 times during the past 11 seasons, two of those games coming in postseason play, including the 2009 CIF Pac-5 championship game. The Chargers hold a slim 7-6 edge in those games.
"This is a big one for us," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Servite once again has a great team. They have lots of veterans back from last year's CIF championship team and (head coach) Troy Thomas is a great defensive coach. This is a great challenge for us."
Edison is coming off a 34-13 win at Dana Hills. The Chargers fell behind, 7-0, after the Dolphins scored on an interception return, but then reeled off the next 34 points to pull away. Junior running back Marquis Ross started the scoring for Edison with an eight-yard touchdown run. Senior wide receiver Troy Baljeu scored on a nine-yard pass from senior quarterback Chase Favreau, junior back Elijah Herrera had a 40-yard touchdown run and senior receiver Sedric Hill scored on a 40-yard pass from Favreau and capped Edison's scoring with a 73-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Favreau has thrown for 461 yards and six touchdowns in three games.
"I don't think we came out ready to play against Dana Hills, although we did a nice job of coming back and taking control," White said. "We were sloppy at times and we can't do that against Servite. We need to tackle a bit better and cut down turnovers if we want to win Friday."
The Chargers head into Friday's big game a bit banged up. They lost senior all-league kicker and wide receiver Gavin Perdomo to a torn ACL in their first game against Baldwin (Hawaii) on Aug. 26. White said that Perdomo was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday. Two weeks later, senior all-league linebacker and running back Nick Masaniai went down to an MCL injury in a game against Garfield of Los Angeles.
White said he hopes to have Masaniai back for Sunset League play. Marquis Ross was injured in last week's Dana Hills game and junior starting defensive end Derek Baljeu has had a "calf problem" and has played, "sparingly," White said.
"We're missing some key guys and we need some other players to step up for us," White said.
Servite has faced a formidable nonleague slate to begin the season. The Friars opened their campaign against CIF San Diego Section Division II champion Oceanside and shut out the Pirates, 20-0. Next they knocked of Bishop Amat, 49-14. Last week, they held off defending CIF Southwest Division champ La Habra, 24-16, at Cerritos College. After facing Edison, they travel to Las Vegas to face 2010 Nevada state champion Bishop Gorman.
In the win over La Habra, senior quarterback Cody Pittman threw for 236 yards and tossed two touchdown passes in the first half. Kyle Ray scored on a 48-yard return off an on sides kick late in the fourth quarter
Next week, Edison wraps up the nonleague portion of its schedule with another showdown against another Trinity League team, Mater Dei. The Chargers are playing the Monarchs in Week No. 5 for the eighth consecutive year.
"These games against Servite and Mater Dei will not only show us what our strengths and weaknesses are, or where we stand, but also get us ready for the Sunset League race, " White said. "We're excited to see how we do."
Fountain Valley (2-1) vs. Downey (1-2), 7 p.m., Downey High: Fountain Valley jumped back in the win column last week and takes on a Downey team that also was victorious.
The Barons traveled to Corona last Friday and took care of the Panthers, 28-10. Chris Calvillo rushed for two first-half touchdowns, his first score coming on a 77-yard run, and Sean Myers reeled in two touchdown passes in the second half from quarterback Chris d'Entremont.
Downey picked up its first win of the season last week by rolling past Schurr, 50-14. Junior quarterback Dallas Lopez threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score and senior running back Alex Martinez rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings.