Dave White knows just how special is the Battle for the Bell football game between rivals Edison and Fountain Valley.
White has played in the game, worked it as an assistant coach and for the last 28 years, has been head coach at Edison.
The veteran coach also knows how special it is to win this game, and doing so, by shutout.
Actually, Friday turned out to be the third time since 2005 that Edison has earned a shutout victory against Fountain Valley. The Chargers' defense put on a spectacular performance at sold-out LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College and as a result, Edison went on to claim a 24-0 win.
It was the ninth-straight Bell Game triumph for Edison, and 18th in the contest for White, who is now 18-10 as head coach against the Barons. The nine consecutive wins continues the longest such streak in the series which Edison now leads, 29-14-1.
Fountain Valley's last win in the series came in 2004 (21-20).
"Nine years in a row is hard to do," White said after the game. "The kids worked really hard this week to get ready for this game. They were pumped and they had a real good week of practice.
"To get a shutout in this game, is pretty special."
Friday's Bell Game was the first for Ray Fenton, who is in his first season as Fountain Valley head coach. The outcome didn't turn out the way he had hoped, although he said his team can take away some positive things from the game.
Fountain Valley turned the ball over three times, twice in the second half.
"I'm proud of our guys," Fenton said. "They played hard and they never quit. For that, I'm proud of them.
"Turnovers really hurt us tonight. [The Chargers] have a great defense and are very physical, but we didn't help ourselves. We had our chances tonight and when you go up against the defending CIF champions, you need to play your best and take advantage of the opportunities in front of you. We didn't do that."
The win kept Edison in line for the Sunset League championship. The Chargers, ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, ran their league record to 3-1. They are 6-3 overall.
Fountain Valley fell from a share of the league lead with the loss. The Barons, ranked ninth, are 2-2 in league and also 6-3 overall.
Through Friday, Edison, Los Alamitos, and Newport Harbor share first place. Third-ranked Los Al (8-1, 3-1) rallied in the second half for a 21-14 homecoming victory over Huntington Beach (4-5, 1-3). Seventh-ranked Newport Harbor (5-4, 3-1) defeated Marina (1-8, 0-4), 49-17.
White said with a victory Friday, his team would have a shot as repeating as league champion.
"Now, we're in line for it," he said. "We win next week, and we're champs. But, we have one game to play and we have to be ready."
Edison did suffer a big loss Friday. In the first quarter, senior quarterback Christian Heffelman, who started the game and directed the Chargers' first two series, was injured midway through the quarter on a sack. Heffelman was seen after halftime on the Edison sideline with his right (throwing) arm in a sling, and White confirmed after the game that the injury was a broken collar bone.
Before the injury, Heffelman turned in the first big play of the game when, on Edison's opening possession, he connected with senior receiver Diego Velez on a 51-yard touchdown pass.
Heffelman got great protection up front on the first-down play from the Edison 49-yard line, and sent a text-book pass downfield toward Velez, who slipped behind the Fountain Valley secondary, made the catch at the five, and went in for the score. Hunter Kelley's conversion kick gave the Chargers the lead for good at 7-0 with 8:35 to go in the quarter.