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Football: Stage is set for Sunset League showdown

October 8, 2012 |  7:00 am

One of the biggest games Friday night takes place at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach, where Los Alamitos will host Huntington Beach Edison at 7 p.m. in a battle for first place in the Sunset League.

Edison, ranked 18th in the Southland by The Times, entered last week tied with unbeaten Tustin atop the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll. Los Alamitos was third.

Each school is 5-1 and both are coming off impressive home wins in their league openers. Edison blanked Newport Harbor, 35-0, while Los Alamitos throttled Marina, 46-0. 

Los Alamitos is having a bounce back season after finishing fourth in league and missing the Pac-5 playoffs last year with a 6-4 record. Its lone loss this fall is a 22-14 setback on Sept. 7 against Covina Charter Oak.

The Griffins are averaging 36.5 points per game but will be hard pressed to put up that many on an Edison defense that has posted three shutouts and has allowed a total of 30 points through six games.

The Chargers kept Anaheim Servite off the scoreboard on Sept. 14 and lost by six points to Santa Ana Mater Dei seven days later. They edged Los Alamitos, 10-7, on their way to winning the league title last season before falling to Tesoro in the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. 

Los Alamitos is improving every week. A key for the Griffins will be slowing down an efficient Edison running game, led by Donald Rice, who had 101 yards and two touchdowns against Newport Harbor.   

-- Steve Galluzzo