Edison's Trenton Aschoff (81) and Alejandro Perez (34) celebrate after the Chargers' win over Foothill.

Edison's Trenton Aschoff (81) and Alejandro Perez (34) celebrate after the Chargers' win over Foothill. (Steven Georges / November 28, 2012)

The Spartans have survived three straight close games in postseason play, to earn a trip to the championship game. They started with a 21-12 win Nov. 9 over Yorba Linda, then rallied a week later for a 26-21 quarterfinal win over Newport Harbor. Last week, they overcame a 14-point deficit to upset No. 2-seed and defending Southwest Division champion Tustin, 35-34.

Meki Tafuna, Villa Park's rushing leader, gained 171 yards on 33 carries and scored four touchdowns, and junior quarterback Dylan Osborne threw for 127 yards and a score as the Spartans snapped Tustin's 20-game win streak.

Tafuna has rushed for 1,396 yards and 27 touchdowns, and Osborne has thrown for 1,975 yards and 18 touchdowns, this year.

Villa Park last reached the CIF final in 1977 when it won the Southern Division title. The Spartans were the AAA Division runner-up in both 1975 and 1976.

"To reach the title game is a tremendous accomplishment for our team and coaches," Ancich said. "Everyone's excited and our whole school is really into it."

Edison and Villa Park faced four common opponents, Newport Harbor, Esperanza, Valencia of Placentia, and Foothill, this year and both went 4-0 in those games.

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Edison (12-1)

24...L.A. Garfield...0

27...Villa Park...7

6...Servite...0

14...Mater Dei 20

31...San Clemente...3

35...*Newport Harbor...0

24...*Los Alamitos...14

78...*Marina...0

21...*Fountain Valley...3

34...*Huntington Beach...0

27...^Esperanza...3

52...^Valencia...14