SAN CLEMENTE — If it is anywhere as entertaining as their game last year, Friday’s Edison-San Clemente contest will be a good one.
Edison and San Clemente played each other last season in the CIF State Southern California Regionals Division 1A game. San Clemente won, 39-35, to advance to the state championship game the Tritons also won.
After a scoreless third quarter, the teams combined for 36 points in the fourth quarter. Their quarterbacks together threw for 619 yards and six touchdowns.
They meet again Friday, Sept. 29, at San Clemente High. It’s the final 2017 nonleague game for both.
San Clemente, ranked No. 7 in the Orange County media poll, is 5-0 and has won 11 in a row since a South Coast League loss to Mission Viejo last season. The Tritons are averaging 42 points a game. San Clemente’s wins are over Oceanside, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Murrieta Valley and Palos Verdes.
Edison, 3-1, is No. 9 in the county poll. Edison’s wins are over Tesoro, Canyon and San Juan Hills. The Chargers lost to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village.
San Clemente coach Jaime Ortiz anticipates another strong challenge from Edison and Chargers first-year coach Jeff Grady who replaced longtime Edison coach Dave White.
“They’re very solid and very well-coached,” said Ortiz, in his sixth season as San Clemente head coach. “They lost the running back (Jack Carmichael), and they’ve had a bye week to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Maybe they’ll go empty backfield and just throw the ball.”
San Clemente’s quarterback last season, 2016 CIF-SS Division 2 offensive player of the year Jack Sears, is at USC. Edison’s quarterback in 2016, CIF-SS Division 3 offensive player of the year Griffin O’Connor (6-3, 190), is back for his senior year.
O’Connor, who has committed to Yale, has been slowed by illness but is having a fine year. He has thrown for 674 yards and five touchdowns.
David Atencio is Edison’s leading receiver with 18 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. Atencio was productive in last year’s regional game with a game-high eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Carmichael was Edison’s leading rusher until a leg injury two weeks ago in a win over San Juan Hills perhaps ended his…