"Huntington's a big test for us. They are athletic, have a very good defense, good linemen, a dangerous quarterback (Ross), and a hard-nosed running back (Breunig). I think their offense will be the best we've faced in a long time, probably since the Mater Dei game."
Edison played Mater Dei in nonleague play on Sept. 21. The 20-14 loss is the lone setback for the Chargers who bring a five-game win streak into Friday's game.
The Chargers already have sewn up a playoff berth. A win Friday gives them the No. 1 seed from the league and also figures to give them the top, overall seed, for the Southwest Division playoff. It gets convoluted, from there:
The top three teams from the Sunset League earn automatic postseason berths. If Huntington defeats Edison, and ninth-ranked Newport Harbor defeats No. 8 Los Alamitos, then Huntington, Edison, and Newport share the title. A coin flip would determine the league seedings for the three teams for the postseason. A Huntington win, coupled by a Newport loss, would give the Oilers the No. 1 league seed, and Edison would go as second-place.
If both Huntington and Newport lose Friday, then Huntington, Newport and Los Al would tie for second-place, and a coin flip would be held to determine which two of the three teams would get the second- and third-place league seedings for the playoffs.
The Sunset League also has strong chance of landing one of the two at-large playoff berths available in the Southwest Division. Should the scenario arise, Lo said that Huntington has already filed for consideration for an at-large berth with the CIF-SS office.
Fountain Valley (3-6, 0-4) vs. Marina (3-6, 0-4)
(7 p.m., Westminster High)
It's been a tough month for both Fountain Valley and Marina, and the winner of this game claims fifth-place in the final Sunset League standings.
Fountain Valley, which has had a season full of close-call games, is coming off a 21-3 loss to Edison. The Barons trailed, 7-3, heading into the fourth quarter, their points coming on a 27-yard field goal in the first half by senior Derek Huynen. They had the chance to take the lead late in the third quarter but had a touchdown pass negated by a holding call, and then missed on a 28-yard field goal attempt.
Marina also is coming off a loss, 37-0, at Newport Harbor on Oct. 25. The Vikings have managed three points in four previous league games.
"We need to get a win...so do they," Marina Coach George Pascoe said. "It's going to be a hard fought contest from beginning to end. I think the team that puts the disappointing season behind them, will come out on top. Just play and have fun."
Marina has surpassed last year's win total (it went 1-8-1 in 2011) but getting a win in league play, has been elusive.
"We haven't won a league game in seven years," Pascoe said. "Any win will help wash away some of the bad taste created these past few years. Build on the positive. We won more games this year then last and we will build on that."
Ocean View (4-5, 2-2) vs. Loara (2-7, 1-3)
(7 p.m., Glover Stadium)
Ocean View plays its most important game of the regular season when the Seahawks travel to Anaheim for a Golden West League date with the Saxons.
Ocean View climbed back into CIF playoff berth contention by scoring an impressive, 30-22 victory over Orange. The Panthers the previous week had handed Segerstrom, then the top-ranked team in the Southern Division, its first and only loss of the season.