Southwest Division, meet your new member … Edison, formerly of the mighty Pac-5 Division.
Edison beat up on Villa Park, 27-7, in a matchup of top-10 Southwest Division teams on Thursday night at Huntington Beach High. Edison came in ranked No. 2 in the Southwest and Villa Park was No. 4.
Edison was too big, too fast and too physical for the Spartans.
The good news for the Southwest Division is Edison’s offense is still trying to find its rhythm. Aleksander Torgersen, who replaced Chase Favreau at quarterback, has a live arm and throws a nice ball, but accuracy was a problem. He had a number of receivers open deep down the field and overthrew them. He finished 7 of 20 for 85 yards.
Marquis Ross, a 5-6, 155-pound senior, has some potential at running back. He has good bursts of speed and could develop into a serious weapon for the Chargers. He had 92 yards and three TDs on 13 carries.
The bad news for the Southwest Division is Edison’s defense is big, fast and nasty. Villa Park QB Dylan Osborne was running for his life all night. Edison’s defense appeared to be in Villa Park’s backfield on nearly every play. Robert Reyes returned an interception 68 yards for a TD and the Chargers limited Spartans running back Meki Tafuna to 64 yards on 19 carries. Tafuna had over 300 rushing yards in his first two games.
“Defense played their butts off two games in a row,” Edison coach Dave White said. “The offense is so inconsistent it’s frustrating.”
The Chargers will be able to slug it out defensively with anybody, but they need to find that offense and find it quickly. The Chargers have Servite, Mater Dei and San Clemente coming up on their schedule.
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