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White enjoys Edison's high-scoring effort in season opener
WAILUKU, Hawaii - The Dave White era for Edison football started its final season where it began 31 years ago.
The Chargers started fast and didn’t let up in a 56-21 win over Baldwin on the island of Maui on Saturday night.
“My first game ever as a head coach was in 1986 in Maui, against St. Anthony,” White said. “This is our third time we’ve played Baldwin. We’ve played Lahainaluna, over on Oahu, we played Damien, we played Punahou, Iolani and Kamehameha, so this is our 11th trip to Hawaii since 1982. It was a great experience.”
Griffin O’Connor threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and Bowen Blake added 143 yards and three touchdowns in the air for Edison. Shaun Colaminoco caught eight passes for 180 yards and two scores, while Elijah Ginnis had four catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns.
“They are all that and more, credit to them,” Baldwin coach Pohai Lee said. “I went through the (handshake) line and said, ‘I didn’t know this was track’ because they are fast and they fight, wow.”
Edison scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions and added three more scores in the third quarter in front of about 1,000 fans at War Memorial Stadium.
The Chargers traveled with 56 players and all of them got into the game.
“We have two really good quarterbacks that we rotate and five receivers that we rotate a lot, so we feel like we have a really good passing attack,” White said. “We haven’t played in a long time, so we have to iron out some things.”
Ginnis caught a 36-yard scoring pass from O’Connor on the second play from scrimmage, and Colamonico caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from O’Connor on the Chargers’ fifth snap to make it 14-0 just 2 minutes, 15 second into the game.
Blake entered the game at quarterback for the Chargers after that and hit Colamonico for a 34-yard scoring pass on the second play of the second quarter.
Ginnis snagged a 64-yard scoring pass from O’Connor with 5:38 left in the half and Chad Fisser pushed the lead to 35-0 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from O’Connor with 3:57 to go in the half.
Baldwin broke through with a 1-yard scoring run by Chayce Akaka with 35 seconds left in the half. Akaka’s run capped an 85-yard, eight-play drive that featured a nifty 37-yard scramble by Akaka to the Chargers’ 2-yard line.
Edison 14 21 21 0 —56
Baldwin 0 7 6 8 —21
E—Elijah Ginnis 36 pass from Griffin O’Connor (Jack Morrell kick), 11:41.
E—Shaun Colamonico 64 pass O’Connor (Morrell kick), 9:45.
E—Colamonico 34 pass from Bowen Blake (Morrell kick), 11:48.
E—Ginnis 64 pass from O’Connor (Morrell kick), 5:38.
E—Chad Fisser 22 pass from O’Connor (Morrell kick), 3:57.
B—Chayce Akaka 1 run (Bishop Wicdkes kick), 0:35.
E—Ginnis 56 pass from Blake (Craig Erickson kick), 7:33.
E—Jack Carmichael 12 run (Erickson kick), 3:25.
B—Akaka 5 run (kick failed), 0:47.
E—Chad Pavlik 27 run (Erickson kick), 0:24.
B—Damien Awai 14 pass from Akaka (Kaylon Santos-Kekona pass from Isaiah Kusunoki), 8:45.
Edison: Chad Pavlik 3-35; Jack Carmichael 7-26.
Baldwin: Kamaki Gouveia 15-99; Chayce Akaka 18-36.
Edison: Griffin O’Connor 8-12-0—247, 4 TDs; Bowen Blake 7-11-0—143, 2 TDs.
Baldwin: Chayce Akaka 9-24-0—99, 1 TD.
Edison: Shaun Colamonico 8-180, 2 TDs; Elijah Ginnis 4-170, 3 TDs.
Baldwin: Damien Awai 2-27, TD; Mata 2-21.