Final exams. No, not in the classroom, but on the playing field.
The Huntington Beach High and Fountain Valley football teams each passed their final nonleague tests last week with near-flying colors. This weekend, Edison, Marina and Ocean View and Brethren Christian, will attempt to do the same.
The Chargers, Vikings, Seahawks and Warriors, all close out nonleague play with home games.
Huntington and Fountain Valley both are in a bye week.
San Clemente (2-3) vs. Edison (2-2)
(7 p.m., Huntington Beach High)
Two teams, both short-handed due to injury, look to put an end to recent streaks collide in a final nonleague game for both squads.
Edison has dropped its last two games, most recently, a 21-7 decision to Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium in a televised contest. Four touchdowns were produced in the game, three of which were scored by the defense. The other TD also was set up by the Mater Dei defense.
Edison's lone score came on a 60-yard interception return by Marcus Epps. The touchdown by the senior defensive back, who had nothing but a clear field ahead to the end zone, gave the Chargers a 7-6 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter.
The Chargers outgained Mater Dei in the first half and held the Monarchs to less than 200 yards of total offense.
Mater Dei scored its first touchdown on an interception return, and final TD on a fumble return when it appeared that Edison was moving in for a possible score, down 14-7, with under four minutes to play.
An interception by the Monarchs led to their second touchdown of the game.
The loss knocked Edison out of the No. 1 spot in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll. The Chargers shared the top spot with La Habra last week.
Edison, which has held down the No. 1 spot since September 2012, is now ranked second, behind the Highlanders.
"We've turned the ball over too many times in three of the four games we've played this year," Edison Coach Dave White said. "If we take care of those turnovers, we'll be fine."
White aid that Edison will be without starting running back Marcus Swanigan for Friday's game. The senior injured his shoulder against Mater Dei and didn't play the majority of the second half.
San Clemente lost starting quarterback Sam Darnold two weeks ago to an ankle injury. The Tritons started the season 2-0 but have lost three-straight games, scoring 13 points in each of those losses.
Last week, they lost, 34-13, to Newport Harbor.