Quite the interesting turn of events for the Edison High football team Friday night.
First, the third-ranked Tigers held off No. 12 Memorial 39-23 to close a 5-0 run through the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
Then, results from across town trickled in, with Clovis West upsetting No. 2 Clovis 29-27.
And a potential No. 3 playoff seed may have been upgraded to a No. 2 for Edison (9-1), which is riding an eight-game winning streak into the Central Section Division I playoffs, which will be seeded by commissioner Jim Crichlow and his three area assistants today.
"We've come alive and gotten better during the season," said coach Tim McDonald, who led the Tigers to a Division II title in 2009 before taking last season off. "But we're not at a championship level yet."
After jumping out to a 16-point lead in the first half, Edison had to fend off a couple of rallies by Memorial (7-3, 2-3) down the stretch.
The Panthers were poised to trim a 26-17 Edison lead early in the fourth quarter with the ball on the 1-yard line following a 57-yard Chris Brown run and ensuing personal foul penalty.
But Edison pulled the ball loose from Brown inches from the goal line on the next play, with Vadal McDonald recovering the fumble for the Tigers.
"I just [saw] the ball pop out and my instinct was to go get it," McDonald said. "I didn't hear [a] whistle, so if the ball's on the ground, it's mine."
Edison then all but put away the game with a 99-yard drive that was almost all Blake Wright, as the sophomore accounted for 97 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown for a 33-17 lead with 5:54 remaining.
"That's what championship teams do," Tim McDonald said. "We had our backs against the wall and we needed to run some clock and get another score."
Memorial wouldn't go away as Jordan Stallworth caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Nic Kinder to make it 33-23 with 5:16 remaining.
But Edison responded again, with Khari McGee throwing a perfect strike to Bobby Peele for a 35-yard touchdown for the final margin.
"We needed a big play there," Peele said. "So we went for it."
Memorial received a 39-carry, 291-yard performance from Brown, but was hurt by five turnovers.
"When you turn the ball over that many times, it's hard to beat a good team like that," said Panthers coach Anthony Goston, who expects a top-three seed in Division II.