The games seem to get bigger as the weeks roll on, and Week 4 of the prep football season certainly fits the bill.
Local teams are trying to work out their final kinks before league play begins next month, and will do so against some stiff nonleague competition. For starters, Edison is taking on Mater Dei in a big, televised game. In other key games, Huntington Beach will face a highly-ranked Downey team that won a CIF championship last year, and Fountain Valley is on the road to face a Westminster squad that has worked its way up in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division rankings.
Also Friday, Ocean View seeks its first win of the year at Bolsa Grande. On Saturday, Brethren Christian travels Saturday to take on Fairmont Prep.
"There are only a few more games left to work things out before league starts," Edison Coach Dave White said. "These next two weeks are really important. Our goal is to win league and to do that, we have to get better in these next few games."
Edison (2-1) vs. Mater Dei (4-0)
(7 p.m., Santa Ana Bowl)
Edison's second Trinity League foe in as many weeks may turn out to be its toughest opponent yet this year, as Mater Dei rolls into this televised game looking to complete a prefect run in nonleague play.
Friday's matchup will be televised live by Fox Sports 1 cable network.
Edison suffered its first loss of the season, and first in nine regular-season games, last week when the Chargers were upended, 31-14, by Servite (No. 5, Pac-5 Division) at Orange Coast College. Turnovers, four of them, put the Chargers in a hole in which they couldn't recover.
Senior Kiante Goudeau ignited the Edison crowd with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter that drew the Chargers to within 16-7. Senior quarterback Christian Heffelman thew a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Jeremy Maxwell for the final touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
"Servite was everything we thought they would be," Edison Coach Dave White said. "We turned the ball over four times, and you can't do that against a team like Servite, and expect to win.
"Mater Dei, honestly, is probably better than Servite. The are very physical on offense and defense, score a lot of points and don't give up many points. Everything about them scares me."
The Monarchs (4-0) come into the game ranked third in the Pac-5 Division, behind Trinity League rival and No. 1 St. John Bosco, and No. 2 Mission Viejo. They have posted shutout victories in the past two games including last week's 37-0 win at Santa Monica.
Offensively, Mater Dei is averaging 41 points per game. Quarterback Chase Forrest threw for 162 yards and a score and ran for two touchdowns, and the Monarchs defense forced four turnovers in the win against Santa Monica.
"It's going to be another tough one for us," White said. "We're just trying to get better. This is about us. It's about being more disciplined and playing harder.
"At this point, it's not about the wins and loses, but about us getting better," White said.
Fountain Valley (3-1) vs. Westminster (2-1)