Edison Downs Mater Dei 20-13

Edison overcame a slow start with a strong second half to hand the Mater Dei their third loss in a row in an exciting 20-13 win. The Chargers hadn't defeated the Monarchs in over a decade.

Mater Dei dominated the first quarter and actually the majority of the first half but squandered several scoring opportunities including dropping two sure touchdowns in the end zone. Their lead was 5-0 after a safety and a 33 yard field goal but with just 2:36 to go in the half, Edison took a 7-5 lead when talented junior quarterback Jeff Grady hit Charger wide out Denny Flannigan for a 55 yard touchdown.

Mater Dei quickly answered back when quarterback Colt Brennan hit receiver Julien Petit on a beautiful 20 yard touchdown and after converting the two point conversion, the Monarchs went into the half up 13-7.

That was the last time the Monarchs would score as Edison dominated the second half sacking Brennan several times and stuffing the Mater Dei running game. It didn't help matters when USC bound offensive lineman Chris Doyle left the game with an unidentified injury leaving the Monarchs with just two of their opening day starters along the offensive line.

Edison took the lead when Grady hit wide receiver Pat Campbell on a perfectly executed inside screen pass, catching the Monarch defense in an all out blitz, from 18 yards to take a 14-13 lead.

Later in the third, Edison added to the lead when Grady hit talented two way star Marcus McCutcheon from a 15 yards out. An unsportsmanlike penalty after the touchdown pushed the extra point back 15 yards and after the kick sailed wide right, the Chargers led 20-13.

The Charger defense held strong however keeping the Monarchs from getting anywhere near the end zone and soon the celebration was on. The Chargers moved to 4-0 with the win while the Monarchs fall to 1-3.


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