The annual “Battle of the Bell”, which pits Edison vs. Fountain Valley, Rivalry Series game showed why the Edison Chargers are a nationally ranked team. In front of over 10,000 fans and after a very competitive first half, the undefeated Chargers took over the game after halftime, handing Fountain Valley a defeat in the annual classic for the fifth consecutive year.
Matt Viles is a another excellent example of a student athlete. He holds a 4.01 grade point average and is the starting quarterback for the Edison Chargers. He does so with great integrity and a high set of morals. He is a two-year starter, having thrown for more than 2,000 yards for each consecutive year, and is a leading candidate for most valuable player of the league. He is the son of Frank and Paula Viles.
Taylor Young is a senior offensive and defensive lineman for the Fountain Valley Barons. Not only is he an outstanding athlete he is an excellent student, carrying a grade point average of 3.4. Taylor is a leader on and off the field.
The Chargers did not waste any time, moving down the field on their opening drive to the Barons 23-yard line. But the Barons escaped with no Charger points on the board after a missed field goal. The defensive stand caused the Barons to believe this game was within reach, but the Chargers had different plans. The key to the Charger win would be Edison's defense, which played strong throughout the night, collecting four sacks, one interception and a shutout of the Fountain Valley offense.
With a combined effort from the offense and defense, Edison controlled the game after halftime. Markus Trujillo may have missed his first field goal attempt, but hit three more during the night. Those field goals along with the efforts of junior running back and game MVP Davion Orphey, who finished with 124 yards on 12 carries, allowed the Chargers to defeat the Barons 24-0.
The clocked ticked down with Edison's 8-0 winning streak still intact, a feat they had not repeated since 1990. The team hoisted Head Coach Dave White on their shoulders and as they celebrated their victory in the 2009 "Battle for the Bell" the Great American Rivalry Series MVP was selected. SSgt Guevara presented Davion Orphey with his medal and trophy in front of his teammates and fans and then was able to address the team. After a few words, she handed over the Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy to Coach White to loud cheers by the entire Charger team, coaches, fans and families.
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