Edison crushes Marina behind smooth-running offense


HUNTINGTON BEACH – There were still a few straggling fans making their way through the gates as the second quarter between Edison and Marina got under way on Friday night at Huntington Beach High.

A Marina fan, however, evidently wasn’t expecting the mountainous deficit, which had come at an alarming rate.

“What happened?” she wondered aloud to fellow Vikings fans.

The simple answer? Edison happened. Specifically: Griffin O’Connor happened.

O’Connor completed all 14 of his passes for five touchdowns and 321 yards in the eventual 52-14 Sunset League win, tying his career high for TDs and setting a new one for completion percentage.

“We have a bunch of really dynamic players,” O’Connor said. “When we put the pieces together, we can make something happen.”

Those pieces included E.J. Ginnis, who hauled in 5 passes for 107 yards and 3 touchdowns, and David Atencio, who finished with 5 receptions for 116 yards and 2 TDs.

Ginnis produced the game’s first two touchdowns, scoring on catches of 18 and 54 yards. McCade Barrett hauled in a 29-yard score to extend the lead to 21-0, before Atencio closed the half with the final two touchdowns for Edison (7-1, 3-0).

“It’s not like I only have one guy to go to,” O’Connor said. “I have multiple weapons.”

Indeed. One of those weapons is also the Edison defense, which scored a touchdown of its own in the second half, as Nicholas Warren returned a Marina (3-5, 0-3) fumble 80 yards for a touchdown.

Cooper Malerstein provided a bright spot for the Vikings, finishing with 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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