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Torgersen leads Edison with arm, legs
ANAHEIM – Edison quarterback Alek Torgersen turned runner in the second half of Friday's CIF-SS Southwest Division title game against Villa Park, and his legs gave the Spartans trouble.
Torgersen rushed for 70 yards, 64 coming in the second of Edison's 28-10 victory over the Spartans at Angel Stadium
Torgersen became emotional as the final seconds ticked away.
"It hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "We felt like we worked hard all year and this was our time."
He capped the game with a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with 8:01 left in the game.
"I saw some openings and I knew I wanted it," he said. "That's all I wanted to do was win this game.
"We practiced that run all week. We saw something on film and it worked out for us."
He completed 7 of 16 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
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"He's a stud," Edison coach Dave White said. "He has a great arm, but we dropped some balls tonight. Our goal was to do some play action and it was there, but we must have dropped five or six balls.
"We decided that we're going to go on his legs because he can run, too. We knew we could run on them with our (offensive) line and Alek is a hell of a runner, so we decided to spread them out a little bit and run with him and it worked."
On the opening drive of the second half, Torgersen had runs of 11, 4 and 6 yards to keep the drive alive.
The 6-yard run came on a fourth-and-4 play. His 11-yard run came on a third-and-10 that moved the Chargers into Spartans territory.
Torgersen capped the drive with his 20-yard touchdown pass to Markus Boyer that gave Edison a 19-7 lead.
"He's done a great job," White said. "He's thrown for 2,300 yards and he's never really played varsity before. He's come a long way. We've played tough competition. ... We have a bunch of seniors that are key to this team and he's one of them."
Torgersen also showed some poise after the tough first half.
"I think we were a little nervous at the beginning, a little eager," he said. "The ball was a little slick and our gloves were wet, but we came through in the second half and that's all that matters."