There is no reason to not be excited about the impending duel Thursday between Dana Hills and Edison. Trent Mason is a dual threat who last week passed for 221 yards, ran for 97 and had a hand in five touchdowns for the No. 25 Dolphins (2-0) against Aliso Niguel.
It's also a chance for Chase Favreau, the transfer from Mater Dei, to show off what all the fuss was about. He had been denied eligibility until that decision was reversed a little more than a week ago. He saw blitzes all night but still passed for four touchdowns and no interceptions in his varsity debut against Long Beach Wilson.
Dana Hills is averaging 50 points per game, which is impressive. Edison is averaging 53.5.
The end result between these mirror images of each other may be all about big plays and turnovers. Both have made lesser opponents pay for turnovers. And when it comes to big plays, Mason and receiver Chris Kearney are as stout a tandem as exists in Orange County, in league with Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell of Mater Dei, and Cody Clements and Brett Bartolone of La Habra.
“We're not going to stop them, we have to make them earn it,” said Edison coach Dave White, whose team came from behind to win last season's nonleague game and then decisively won a Pac-5 quarterfinal. “We can't be giving up 80-yard bombs and punt and kick returns. Bend but don't break.
“They have a good team this year, two superstars, and we're going to have our hands full.”
So will Dana Hills.
Kickoff at Huntington Beach High is at 7 p.m.