Thursday marks the beginning of a three-week gauntlet to the nonleague portion of its schedule for the Edison High football team.
For starters, the Servite Friars come calling on the Chargers in an intriguing 7 p.m. matchup at Orange Coast College. It's the first game in two weeks for the Chargers who were idle a week ago.
Servite, meanwhile, has been anything but idle the past two weeks. Since falling in its opener to Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, the Friars have scored impressive victories over CIF Southern Section ranked opponents, Long Beach Poly and La Mirada.
Edison Coach Dave White said his team will have to play its best game Thursday. It will be one of the tougher showdowns of the season for the defending CIF Southern Section Southwest Division champion Chargers.
Edison (2-0) was idle last week and hasn't played since Sept. 5 when it shut down Los Angeles Garfield, 14-0.
Servite has responded nicely from its 41-17 season-opening loss Aug. 30 to Bishop Gorman. The Friars went out the next week and knocked off Long Beach Poly, 31-24, and last week won, 38-14, at La Mirada.
The Friars (2-1) are ranked No. 6 in the Pac-5 Division.
White has seen Servite up close: he was in attendance for both the Poly (No. 7, Pac-5 Division) and La Mirada (No. 8, Southeast Division) games.
"They are good," White said of the Friars. "Their quarterback [Travis Waller] is scary. "He's like a (UCLA quarterback) Brett Hundley/(San Francisco 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick. He's a very, very good runner and thrower. They are very balanced on offense and have been putting up a lot of yards and points.
"Defensively, it's a typically tough Servite team. They aren't very big but they are fundamentally sound."
Waller is coming off a 15-of-18, 179-yard, two-touchdown performance at La Mirada. He is averaging 154 yards passing per game.
White said the bye week afforded his team to do several things.
"It's nice to get a jump on getting ready for Servite," he said. "We're getting a little bit healthier, too, but we aren't at full strength."
The Chargers will be without three key starters. Two-way player Jake Favreau, who starts at receiver and defensive back, injured his knee in the Sept. 5 win over Garfield. They are without two of three starting linebackers as senior Josh Marks is out due to injury, and Dylan Sneed, a team captain, is out with a torn ACL which he incurred during preseason two-a-days.
"It's a big blow to not have Dylan [Sneed] out on the field, or with his leadership," White said. "That's why we talk to our guys about being ready to step up when needed, and we need a few guys to do that.
"I'm excited for this game. It's Servite and Edison, and it's always a fun game."
Next week, Edison goes up against Mater Dei, the No. 3 team in the Pac-5 Division. In two weeks, they conclude nonleague play against San Clemente.
Thursday at Cap Sheue Field at Huntington Beach High, Fountain Valley looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season when the Barons play host to Wilmington Banning at 7 p.m.
Fountain Valley won its first two games but came up short Friday in a 24-17 home loss to Trabuco Hills. Fountain Valley had battled back from deficits of 14-3 and 17-10 to pull even (17-17) with the Mustangs through three quarters. Trailing 24-17, the Barons had a potential, late scoring drive ended on a fumble inside the Trabuco Hills 35-yard line.
Sophomore kicker Jonah Mack scored on a 34-yard field goal to give Fountain Valley its only lead (3-0), junior receiver Ryan Finley scored on a 77-yard pass play from senior quarterback Travis Hood, and senior safety Jacob Church returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown to tie the score (17-17) midway through the third quarter.