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Edison tops Newport Harbor to finish unbeaten in league
NEWPORT BEACH – It wasn’t a perfect performance, but Edison completed a perfect Sunset League campaign.
Edison didn’t click early but was able to hit some big plays in a 27-17 victory over host Newport Harbor on Friday.
“Not a very clean game, but it’s a win,” Edison coach Dave White said. “We’re 5-0 and league champs by ourselves.”
Edison (7-3 overall, 5-0 league) had already clinched the No. 1 Sunset League playoff berth with its win over Fountain Valley last week, but Friday’s finale should help the Chargers’ CIF seeding.
Even with a win, Newport Harbor (4-6, 2-3) would have needed some help elsewhere or hoped for an at-large bid, but this loss likely puts the Sailors’ out of playoff contention.
“Going to be the first time in a long while we’re not going to be there,” Newport Harbor coach Jeff Brinkley said.
Leading 6-3 in the second quarter, Edison struggled to find consistency on offense. However, the Chargers took advantage of favorable field position and broke big plays.
Turner Maza took a screen pass 37 yards for a touchdown, and Griffin O’Connor hit Shaun Colamonico deep for a 47-yard touchdown pass and a 20-3 lead.
Just before halftime, Cole Kinder returned a kickoff 84 yards to give Newport Harbor an opportunity at the Edison 15.
Nick Warren ended the Sailors threat with an interception at the 5-yard line.
“That was disappointing,” Brinkley said. “It would have put us in striking distance.”
In the third quarter, O’Connor found Colamonico again for a 39-yard touchdown pass and a 27-3 lead.
O’Connor finished 12-of-32 passing for 231 yards and three TDs. Colamonico had eight catches for 142 yards and the two TDs.
Newport Harbor cut into the lead with touchdown passes from Michael Bonds to Reed Rutter and Kobe Benter in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for the Sailors.
The season of attrition continued for Edison as it lost senior tight end/defensive end Griffin Leener to an injury.
“It’s another senior starter down,” White said. “We’ve never been this beat up before.”
Leener is Edison’s eighth senior starter to be injured this season.