|Edison beats Villa Park, delivers long-awaited title to coach|
The Chargers defeated the Spartans 28-10 in the CIF Southwest championship game. Edison's head coach won his first ever coaching title after making it to the final four times in the last eleven years. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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Football notes: Traditions pay off for Edison
There was a return to tradition for Edison football Friday night.
The Chargers reverted to their old helmets for the Southwest Division championship game at Angel Stadium. They had sported new green helmets with white lightning bolts, which very much resembled the ones the San Diego Chargers wore for many seasons, for the semifinals game against Foothil.
For the Southwest final against Villa Park, Edison wore the usual gold ones with the green lightning bolts and the white, green-trimmed stripe down the middle.
"We have a lot of alumni here for this one," Edison coach Dave White said during pregame warmups Friday.
Another Edison tradition that was intact at Angel Stadium – longtime school athletic director Bruce Belcher, now retired, watched the game from behind an end zone. Whenever Belcher was not handling public-announcing duties for Edison home football, he sat in a chair behind an end zone and he continues to do that these days.
He couldn't bring a chair onto the Angel Stadium field, so he had to stand at his usual viewing position Friday.
SLIP AND SLIDE
The Angel Stadium turf was thick and slick Friday and Saturday for the CIF-Southern Section championship football games there. It held up very well, as usual, despite the rain and three games. Some players did slip, with their rules-limited half-inch cleats sometimes not providing a firm hold.
The celebration ran deep into the night for White and the Chargers.
After wrapping up the CIF-SS Southwest Division title Friday night, White and the Chargers headed back to campus.
"Parents, cheerleaders and fans formed a tunnel, it seemed like the whole city was there," White said. "Then we went to the local Lamppost Pizza and it was overflowing."
White said he left at 1 a.m., went to sleep at 3 a.m. and woke up at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Sunday was scheduled to be a long one as the staff started preparing for Serra.
Here are the ticket prices for the upcoming CIF state regional championship games: $12 for adults, $8 for high school students with a valid ASB card, seniors (65 and older) and children.