WAILUKU - The Baldwin High School football team surrendered touchdowns on consecutive snaps and trailed by 14 points before running its first offensive play of the season. Worse news for the six-time defending Maui Interscholastic League champions was that they weren't through being on the bad end of quick-strike scores.
Edison's Chase Favreau threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns - and ran for a score - in less than three quarters of work Friday night, leading the California team to a 48-10 win over Baldwin before roughly 600 fans in a nonleague game at War Memorial Stadium.
The Chargers had a trio of one-play touchdown drives, and finished with 418 yards of offense while allowing 138.
Baldwin High School receiver Kaiana Camvel tries to escape the grasp of Edison’s Connor Mase during the first quarter of the Bears’ 48-10 loss to the Chargers in a nonleague game Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"We played a great Edison football team," Baldwin coach A.J. Roloos said. "This is what we wanted. We wanted to match our team up against a good team. We'll go watch film tomorrow and we'll break it down and see what we've got to work on."
Edison drove 80 yards on the game's opening series, a march capped by Bryce Campbell's 9-yard touchdown catch. After a fumble by Brandon Fernandez on the ensuing kickoff return, a 29-yard touchdown pass to Curren Provost on the next play doubled Edison's lead.
The Bears got back within seven points on the opening play of the second quarter when Ryan Garces caught a 13-yard lob pass in the corner of the end zone from Keelan Ewaliko to finish off a 53-yard drive, but the Chargers answered with a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Cedric Hill on the first play after the kickoff.
Edison also scored on its first play of the third quarter, on a 23-yard run by Marquis Ross.
"We just saw some things up the seams that were there, and we took advantage of that for the most part," said Chargers coach Dave White, whose team is ranked ninth in Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Ewaliko, the MIL Offensive Player of the Year last season, finished 15-for-28 for 138 yards.
"Keelan is the veteran on the offense, he's a leader out there, and once he gets comfortable with his receivers, he'll be OK," Roloos said.
Baldwin's Kaiana Camvel had seven receptions for 55 yards.
"He's our three-year veteran guy that we have, so of course he's going to head the receiving corps," Roloos said. "But we're trying to get all these young guys in."
In the second quarter, Baldwin's Vetekina Malafu converted a fourth-and-1 play with a run up the middle, and a pass-interference call in the end zone moved the Bears closer, but a sack by Campbell moved the Bears back and forced them to settle for Zacharia Coloma-Mariano's 41-yard field goal that made the score 28-10.
"They hit our kids hard, and our kids didn't give up," Roloos said.
Hill finished with three catches for 103 yards in his first game for Edison after transferring from traditional power Mater Dei. Favreau, last year's Sunset League Offensive Player of the Year, is also a former Mater Dei player - he switched to Edison last season.
Hill's transfer was called into question, then approved by the California Interscholastic Federation earlier this week.
Edison put the mercy-rule running clock into effect on Ross' 2-yard touchdown run with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter. Ross ran for 78 yards and two scores.
MIL teams finished 1-5 in preseason games this year. The league season begins today with King Kekaulike visiting Lahainaluna and Maui High facing Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium.
Baldwin's next game is on Sept. 2, against Lahainaluna at War Memorial Stadium.
"Being such a long summer, this is our first preseason game, and we wanted to see where our team stands, and what are our strengths and what are our weaknesses," Roloos said.
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E-Bryce Campbell 18 pass from Chase Favreau (Gavin Perdomo kick), 9:20.
E-Provost 29 pass from Favreau (Perdomo kick), 9:00.
B-Ryan Garces 13 pass from Keelan Ewaliko (Zacharia Coloma-Mariano kick), 11:51.
E-Cedric Hill 66 pass from Favreau (Aleksander Torgersen kick), 11:28.
E-Troy Baljeu 28 pass from Favreau (Torgersen kick), 7:56.
B-FG Coloma-Mariano 37, 1:06
E-Marquis Ross 33 run (Torgerson kick), 10:17.
E-Favreau 1 run (Torgerson kick), 4:26.
E-Ross 2 run (kick failed), 6:35.
Edison (Calif.) 48, Baldwin 10
King Kekaulike at Lahainaluna, 1:30 p.m.
Maui High vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2
Lahainaluna vs. Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3
King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.