MERCED Merced High football coach Rob Scheidt wasn't kidding when he said Edison passes the look test. The Tigers definitely have a lot of players who look good in a football uniform.
It turns out they can play too.
Edison dismantled the Bears 45-0 Friday night in front of a crowd of 3,000 at Veterans Stadium. The game got away from the Bears early as they were slow to adjust to Edison's speed and athleticism.
The Tigers intercepted three passes in the first quarter, including a 31-yard pick returned for a touchdown by Tyler Horton.
The turnovers and Merced's inability to move the ball on offense allowed the Tigers to start five of their six first-half possessions on Merced's half of the field.
"Everything snowballed," Scheidt said. "Against a team like that you can't make those mistakes. They're so explosive."
The Bears defense didn't have an answer for Edison quarter A.J. Greeley. The 5-8, 163-pound junior burned the Bears with his feet and his arm as he accounted for five TDs.
Greeley carried 10 times for 63 yards, including TD runs of 14, 7 and 2 yards.
He connected with his favorite target Tyrone Smith for a pair of touchdowns.
"We can do a lot of things," said Greeley, who passed for 109 yards on seven of 12 attempts. "We can run it, we can pass it or we can quarterback sneak it."
Merced managed just 53 yards of offense in the first two quarter.