A couple of big plays by Darren Lance helped Edison High School salvage some respect from a lost season as the Oilers stunned Huntington Beach, 7-6, in a Sunset League game before 4,500 at Sheue Field Friday night.
Lance, a junior, blocked a punt in the first quarter to set up Edison's touchdown. With 15 seconds left, Lance intercepted an Eric Pettinato pass to halt Huntington Beach's final scoring threat at the Charger 10-yard line.
"That takes some of the sting away from the season we had," Edison Coach Dave White said. "The kids never gave up and that's why we played well at the end."
The Chargers (2-8, 2-3) were coming off a 14-13 loss to league champion Fountain Valley.
It was a disheartening defeat for Huntington Beach (6-4, 3-2), although the Oilers still qualified for a playoff berth. The loss overshadowed another fine performance by Jason McGehee, who gained 204 yards in 31 carries to push his season total to 1,308 yards.