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Football: Edison goes 6-0 to win summer tournament title

Quarterback Alek Torgersen got hot and spread the ball to lots of receivers in helping Huntington Beach Edison win its own seven-on-seven summer tournament championship on Saturday with a victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei in the final.

"Our no-name Chargers," Coach Dave White said.

Edison went 6-0 on the day. Receiver Trevor Borkowski made major contributions. Edison's lineman also won a competition at Santa Margarita.

Mater Dei ends the summer with lots of optimism. In years past, even during the days of quarterback Matt Barkley, the Monarchs were usually effective in early June summer tournaments, only to fade away as the summer ended.

So what to make of the Monarchs advancing to the final on Saturday at Edison?

It's a sign Mater Dei has better depth in the skill-position players, with Coach Bruce Rollinson also using some young players off last season's unbeaten freshman team who are fresh and trying to make an impression. The Monarchs defeated Santa Margarita and St. John Bosco on Saturday.

The summer standouts have been receiver Thomas Duarte and defensive back Jonathan Lockett, among others. Quarterback Ryan McMahon has been solid.

Mater Dei didn't make the playoffs last season but did own a victory over Pac-5 champion Santa Margarita. It's still going to be important for the Monarchs to come up with a successful rushing attack in the fall.

What's surprising is how Santa Margarita hasn't been able to sustain success in the seven-on-seven competitions. Yes, the Eagles will be overpowering teams in the fall because of their huge, experienced offensive line, but their defensive breakdowns are a warning sign that nothing's going to come easy, especially when you're everybody's No. 1 team to start the season and opponents are extremely motivated.

Valencia made it to the semifinals, and Harbor City Narbonne won the consolation title over Los Alamitos.

Covina Charter Oak won the Claremont tournament championship. Playa del Rey St. Bernard won a tournament at Chadwick.

Ventura St. Bonaventure went 5-0 in the Rio Mesa tournament, and Valencia won the lineman competition. Birmingham won the Antelope Valley tournament.

 -- Eric Sondheimer

 
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