State on the Line in Valley Battle

Jerry Davis

Two of the Valley's top teams will meet tonight at Sunnyside (Fresno) Stadium. Nationally ranked Clovis (Calif.) West meets talented Fresno (Calif.) Edison. The Eagles are led by Cal Bound QB Beau Sweeney and LB Travis Brown. The Tigers have a standout quarterback of their own, Jerry Davis, and a talented secondary led by CB Robert Golden, who has verbaled to Arizona.

Edison is 3-0 and has beaten its opponents by 126-41. However, Madera (Calif.), North Bakersfield (Calif.), and Modesto (Calif.) are a combined 0-6. Jerry Davis (6-2, 205) has passed for 451 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has one rushing touchdown. Davis currently favors Oregon, San Diego State, and Fresno State.

Edison and Davis have benefited from a talented group of wide-outs.

"[Coach] Tim [McDonald] has said this is the best group of wide receivers in Edison History," Davis said.

Jermiah Carter (5-11, 160), Rashaun Schaefer (6-2, 180), and Rolando Jefferson (6-2.5, 190) are all FBS college prospects. Schaeffer and Jefferson are juniors and have four offers between them. Jefferson is touted as the top receiver prospect in the West for 2009 by

Edison lost 16-7 last year at Clovis West. The Tigers always point to the Eagles as one of their, if not biggest, games of the year. But this year the game means a little more.

"It's one of the biggest games of my career," Davis said. "Of course, I want to win. I want to be part of a good performance."

"It's a big game. I'm ready to roll," Clovis West LB Travis Brown said. "Definitely, the state title is on the line. They always play us tough. This is their Super Bowl. They want it bad."

"Were a little more focused this year," Edison CB Robert Golden said. "I will be on my P's and Q's, the main thing, staying focus and doing our assignments."

At this point of the season Edison and Clovis West are the Valley's only two teams with a legitimate chance to earn a berth into the state title bowl game in Carson. The Central Section is considered part of the South for the state title. CW is ranked No. 3 in Division 1 in Cal-Hi Sports Bowl Poll. Edison is ranked No. 7 in Division 2.

The matchups on the field are going to be key.

"Their [offensive] line has gotten a lot better," Brown said. "Our defensive line has improved over the summer. Beau [Sweeney] will have a good game. "

Golden says the ball has been thrown his way once this season. Modesto attempted a quick fade and it was overthrown. He's hoping Beau Sweeney (6-2, 195) throws the ball his way.

"Hopefully, he [Sweeney] does throw and I can make a play," Golden said.

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