It's only the second week of the five-week Sunset League season, but already a front runner for the title could emerge Friday.
A 5-1 Edison team takes on a 5-1 Los Alamitos squad Friday in a showdown between two of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division leaders at 7 p.m. at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. It's the No. 1-ranked Chargers versus the No. 3 Griffins, both looking to move to 2-0 in league play.
Friday's prep football slate is full of other key games. Huntington Beach, the other undefeated team in the Sunset League, travels to face city rival Marina. Fountain Valley hosts Newport Harbor in a game where the victor will stay alive in the hunt for both the league title and a CIF playoff berth. Ocean View returns home after two weeks on the road and will attempt to derail undefeated Segerstrom. Brethren Christian heads down south for its final tuneup before league play to take on Monte Vista.
The Edison-Los Alamitos series annually goes a long way in determining the Sunset League champion and this year it's no different.
"Obviously, it's a big one," Edison Coach Dave White said. "It seems like this game goes a long way in determining who will win league. It should be another good one."
Edison has rolled in consecutive weeks after suffering its only loss of the season Sept. 21 to Mater Dei (20-14). The Charger defense has three shutouts to its credit, including last week's league-opening win against Newport Harbor (35-0). The Chargers have held five of six opponents to a touchdown or less, and haven't given up a touchdown in 10 quarters.
Los Alamitos gave Coach John Barnes his 300th career victory last week by blanking Marina, 46-0. The Griffins started the season slowly. They survived an opening game against Paramount (29-26), then lost the following week, 22-14, to Charter Oak (No. 4, Inland Division). Since that loss, they have posted two shutouts and have outscored four opponents, 176-14.
Senior quarterback Cody Marshall threw three touchdown passes, two to receiver Josh Davis, in the win over Marina. Marshall is 68 yards shy of hitting 1,000 yards in passing.
"They really are a balanced team," White said. "They had some injuries early in the season but are getting healthier and better each week. They always have athletes, quickness and speed. They're getting their mojo back."
Edison racked up nearly 500 yards of offense last week against Newport Harbor. The Chargers got rushing touchdowns from quarterback Aleksander Torgersen, two from Donald Rice, Elijah Herrera and Marcus Swanigan.
The Chargers won impressively despite not having the services of offensive guard Miah Frost, corner Kiante Goudeau and tailback Marquis Ross for the game. White said the trio "hopefully" will be ready to play Friday.
"We had a lot of positive things happen against Newport," White said. "Defensively, we played great again. I thought our offensive line, our fullbacks and our tight ends did a great job blocking. We ran the ball really well, controlled the clock and didn't turn the ball over. We got better and that's what counts."
Other Friday games
Huntington Beach (3-3, 1-3) vs. Marina (3-3, 0-1), 7 p.m., Westminster High: A long standing city rivalry renews when the Oilers battle the Vikings in Marina's homecoming game.
The teams enter the showdown coming from opposite directions. Huntington rallied in the final minutes to upend Fountain Valley, while Marina was shut out at Los Alamitos.
The Oilers came back from a 10-0 halftime deficit and used a second-half shutout to pull out a 13-10 win over Fountain Valley. Junior quarterback Kai Ross hit junior wide receiver Marco Valenzuela on a slip route, and Valenzuela turned the play into a 66-yard touchdown with 2:35 left.
Senior Wyatt Marlow, who was wide right on two attempts in the first half, hit field goals of 25 and 45 yards in the third quarter to begin the comeback.
"Our kids played hard," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "Our defense played well the entire game, our special teams did a great job and we had a couple of plays. It's a nice win for us."
Marina will try to bounce back from the 46-0 defeat to Los Alamitos.