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Chargers, Rams in different directions

EDISON is headed for the CIF-SS Division 3 championship game, while the Los Angeles Rams are headed – almost certainly  for another losing season.

EDISON is headed for the CIF-SS Division 3 championship game, while the Los Angeles Rams are headed – almost certainly for another losing season.

Edison and La Mirada have been ranked 1-2 in the CIF-SS Division 3 polls all season long. As it turns out, the voters were pretty good prognosticators, as those two teams will meet on Friday for the championship.

mm-coach-logoThe squads are pretty similar. Each has a top-notch quarterback and has a solid running attack. Here’s a quick look at the two teams.

  • Edison is 12-1 overall and champions of the Sunset League, with the sole loss coming to national powerhouse Mater Dei. The Chargers are coached by Dave White, who is concluding a long and storied career with the clipboard.

Blake O’Connor is the main man for the green-and-gold, having passed for 2,600 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was intercepted just five times. Additionally, he has run for 260 yards and five scores.

Edison’s top runner is Jake Carmichael, who has found the end zone nine times and totaled 771 yards this season.

  • La Mirada is 11-2 and champion of the Suburban League. Its losses were to Mater Dei and St. John Bosco (also a national power). The coach is Mike Moschetti.

Tristan Meyer quarterbacks the Matadores (don’t forget the E). He’s thrown for 2,208 yards and 35 touchdowns with just one interception. Meyers isn’t much of a running threat, though, hoofing for just 31 yards all season and one score.

The Mats have several strong rushers, though, led by Nick Hernandez with 971 yards and 16 TDs.

So who has the edge? O’Conner seems to be a stronger quarterback with better passing and running stats, but the La Mirada secondary is strong, with 18 interceptions this year (compared to 13 for Edison).

The Mats have a more varied rushing attack, but the Chargers played their one common opponent closer. Our conclusion? Close game.

NOT A CLOSE GAME

Let’s play glass half-full vs. glass half-empty.

The Los Angeles Rams got a markedly improved performance from rookie quarterback Jared Goff on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. He passed for three touchdowns and 214 yards with no interceptions. Good news, right?

Almost all of that came in the first half, and the Rams were again blanked in the second half, getting whipped 49-21 to fall to 4-8 and totally out of the wild card playoff picture. Bad news.

ramshelmetTodd Gurley, the 2015 offensive rookie of the year, is finally getting more carries. He got 13 touches and ended up with 50 yards which is, OK, slightly better than in previous games. Glass about one-quarter full.

The Rams defense, which had been the best in the NFL coming in, was completely picked apart by Drew Breese and the Saints, yielding over 500 yards total offense. Breese alone threw for 310 yards and four scores, shredding the visitors’ zone defense. Glass falls on the floor and breaks.

In the second half, Rams’ tackling looked casual and general energy seemed sapped. Losing six out of seven games will do that to you. Glass shards being swept up.

Next week the Rams are in New England to face Tom Brady. Time for a glass of something strong to get Rams’ fans through a very disappointing return season.

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