STOCKTON — After eight long weeks, the Edison High football team is the team to beat in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.

The Vikings minimized a handful of their own mistakes and capitalized on their opponents’ to beat the Eagles 48-28 Friday night at McNair. The win puts Edison (6-2, 3-0 SJAA) alone atop the league standings with two weeks left to play in the regular season.

McNair (4-4, 2-1 SJAA) was handed its first league loss.

On the night, Edison quarterback Treyvon Breckenridge threw two touchdown passes to Brian Stanton and James Otis, and ran for a touchdown as well. Running back Raleek Brown ran for two scores, and Ezekiel Bush caught a touchdown pass from backup QB Davis Raya-Ruiz.

On the McNair sideline, Rafael Lara had trio of touchdown passes, all to Devon Lewis. Zaveion Thomas also had a rushing TD.

The contest started Edison-heavy, with a 14-0 Vikings lead after a quarter of play.

In the second, Lara found Lewis for the first of two touchdown connections to put McNair on the board. The drive itself started after an Edison pass attempt bounced off a receiver’s helmet and into the hands of Dawan Short for an interception, one of two on the night for McNair.

Then, a series of plays unfolded that essentially shaped the rest of the game. Edison answered with a touchdown on its next possession to put the score at 21-7. On the ensuing drive, it became apparent that the Eagles, armed with a Lara-led passing attack, had found a hole in a typically stout Edison defense.

But, with the Eagles driving inside Edison’s 20-yard line, Dominick Zackery picked off a pass and took it back 85 yards for a touchdown.

McNair rebounded to score from close with seconds left in the first half, an opportunity provided to the Eagles by a pass interference call on a fourth-down play.

It put the deficit at 28-14. Had McNair avoided the turnover a drive earlier, however, it’s possible the Eagles could have gone into halftime tied with the Vikings.

Instead, after McNair turned the ball over on downs to open the third quarter, Brown took Edison's first play from scrimmage 90 yards down the sideline for a 35-14 Vikings advantage.

“We didn’t capitalize when we had opportunities,” McNair head coach Terry Hampton said. “The plays were there, but we didn’t execute.

“We played a good team. It wasn’t our night.”

McNair scored twice in the fourth, only for Edison to match them.

It didn't matter. The Vikings had already secured the win, with only upcoming games against Chavez and Franklin standing in the way of a league title.

“I don’t think anyone can stop us,” said Zackery, who added level heads and hard work are crucial for the final two weeks of the season. “We’re a good team.”

A rookie to watch

Edison’s success this year has coincided with the emergence of Brown, the oft-discussed freshman tailback leading the Viking offense. The two concepts aren’t much of a coincidence, either.

Brown began the night ranked 23rd in the section with 897 rushing yards, and was the only rookie back among the top 25. His 83 carries were the fourth-least among that same group.

Up next

Edison: The Vikings play at Chavez at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

McNair: Stagg will host the Eagles at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 19.