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Southwest finalists in familiar setting
Both Villa Park and Edison have some history at Angel Stadium as they prepare for Friday's CIF-SS Southwest Division final at the stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Edison is making its fourth finals appearance in 11 years. The Chargers have lost three consecutive finals (2001, 2006 and 2009). In 2009 at Angel Stadium, the Chargers lost to Servite, 16-6, in a game played in a rainstorm.
"I hope it doesn't rain all week," Edison coach Dave White joked following Friday's semifinal victory over Foothill.
The Chargers have four CIF titles (1970, 1979, 1980 and 1985). The 1985 team tied Long Beach Poly, 14-14 in the Big-Five final.
Villa Park made consecutive finals appearance in 1975 and 1976, losing both.
In 1977, the Spartans, under Coach Ted Mullen defeated Los Alamitos, 21-0 in the Southern Division final, played at Anaheim Stadium
The 1977 team was actually honored this season at halftime of the game against Foothill, earlier this season.
Edison and Villa Park met earlier this season, with the Chargers winning 27-7 on Sept. 6.
"We have to get ready and play a really good team," White said. "We're going to have our hands full."
Villa Park defeated Tustin, 35-34 in the semifinals. The Spartans haven't lost since that defeat to Edison, winning 10 consecutive games.
•Speaking of defense, if Corona del Mar wins the Southern Division title, then its defense will have likely played a key role.
CdM hasn't allowed a point through its first three playoff games. The Sea Kings defeated Anaheim (35-0), Los Amigos (26-0) and Woodbridge (25-0).
The defense hasn't allowed a point since the third quarter of the Nov. 2 game against Beckman.
This week's challenge is Garden Grove in the CIF-SS Southern Division final, Saturday at 2 p.m. at Angel Stadium. The Argonauts are averaging 49 points a game during their current eight-game winning streak.
•Corona del Mar kicker Grif Amies is closing in on some more history.
The senior now has 21 field goals, after making 47- and 40-yard kicks in the semifinals last week.
The state and national record for field goals made is 22, set in 1994 by Chris Sailer of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.
•The Pac-5 final between Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Mater Dei has a 6-5-1 edge in the series with Long Beach Poly.
Tickets are at Angel Stadium are $15 for Reserved Club Level; $12 for Field and Terrace Level general admission and $5 for general admission student (with identification) and children ages 5-13.
Tickets are available through the participating schools and the Angel Stadium box office.