The 2012 prep football season continues this week for three local teams, each who have qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Sunset League champion Edison and Huntington Beach play first-round Southwest Division games at 7 p.m. Friday . Brethren Christian starts East Valley Division postseason play at 1 p.m. Saturday .
Esperanza (6-4) vs. Edison (9-1)
(7 p.m., Orange Coast College)
Edison heads into postseason play as the No. 1 seed in the Southwest Division. The Chargers also put their six-game win streak up against the Aztecs.
"We're excited for the playoffs," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Getting the top seed is a reward for what we've done the first 10 weeks of the season. It's nice, but we have to win four more games before we can end up No. 1."
Esperanza, a one-time rival of Edison's in the Sunset League before departing two years ago to align with the Century League, received an at-large bid. The Aztecs finished in a tie with El Dorado and Brea Olinda for third place. They ended the regular season with a 44-34 loss last Friday to Century League champ Villa Park (9-1), a team whose only loss came to Edison in September.
"It'll be like old times," White said of facing the Aztecs. "They are a well-coached team and their tailback is really good. They always play hard-nosed football."
That running back is Troy Poole who is the Aztecs' leading rusher with more than 1,300 yards with a team-high 10 touchdowns. The senior ran for 159 yards and two scores in last week's loss to Villa Park.
Edison showed great balance on offense during the regular season. The Chargers average 184 yards passing and 161 yards rushing, and put up an average of 29 points per game in their first 10 games.
The defense, with a school-record five shutouts to its credit, is limiting opponents to an average of just four points a game.
The Chargers could be missing an explosive element of their offense Friday. Senior Marquis Ross, the team's No. 1 tailback, was injured early in the second quarter last Friday against Huntington and didn't play during the second half of the Chargers' 34-0 victory. White said that Ross, who is the team's rushing leader with 714 yards and eight touchdowns, is "probably out" for the first-round game.
Seniors Donald Rice (367 yards, eight TDs) and Elijah Herrera (310 yards, two TDs) are two other weapons in Edison's backfield rotation. Herrera, who had an interception on defense that set up one Edison score, came on to rush for 58 yards on nine carries in Ross' absence against Huntington.
Quarterback Aleksander Torgersen has thrown for 1,605 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games.
Huntington Beach (5-5) at Capistrano Valley (8-2)
(7 p.m., Capistrano Valley High)
Huntington hits the road for its first-round Southwest Division game for a matchup with Capistrano Valley.
The Oilers are the No. 3 team from the Sunset League. They were in contention for a share of the league title but dropped their season finale, 34-0, last Friday to Edison.