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Sea Kings expecting shootout

FOOTBALL: Corona del Mar Coach Freeman says Sea Kings will need to outscore Troy's prolific offense in tonight's battle.

September 15, 2006|By Dominic Perrone

It's more of the same, with a twist, for the Corona del Mar High football team.

Last week, in a last-second loss to El Toro, the Chargers only threw six passes the entire game. For the most part it was run, run, run.

This week, the Sea Kings (1-1) will face Troy (1-0), with a wing T offense that has shown the ability to produce with the run, while also mixing in an explosive passing game.

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The Sea Kings, ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, meet the Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southeast Division, tonight at 7 at Fullerton High.

Corona del Mar Coach Dick Freeman said he expects Troy to come with a power running attack, while El Toro used counter blocking and put a receiver in motion as a threat to run.

"We didn't know they used the motion until the game started," Freeman said of El Toro. "They didn't use it in their scrimmage."

This week, the Sea Kings can base a scouting report on a game — Troy's 43-27 victory last week over Westminster.

"We're going to need to score a lot," Freeman said. "We're not going to shut that offense down."

Corona del Mar is also familiar with Troy from a 25-18 Week-Three loss last season.

Last season, Troy boasted two potent rushers in Derrick Coleman and Chris Ramirez. The duo combined for 226 yards on 50 carries against the Sea Kings and both went on to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground in 2005.

Ramirez is a senior and Coleman is a junior this season.

The Sea Kings, however, can't merely stack the box in order to contend with Troy's ground game.

Warriors junior quarterback Tyler Swaney completed all seven of his pass attempts and threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns against Westminster. His favorite receiver in the opener was his cousin, junior Josh Swaney, who had four receptions for 193 yards and three TDs.

Troy amassed 486 yards from scrimmage last week.

Don't expect the Sea Kings to lose focus on Troy, despite the Battle of the Bay looming next week against Newport Harbor.

"We have enough people who have played Troy to know they can't [overlook the Warriors]," Freeman said.

Freeman said he hopes the Sea Kings will continue to improve against an offense they prepared for last week as well.

"Basically we've been trying to get the wing T down," Freeman said. "We have to make everyone know what to do on defense. It's a good offense. There's a lot of stuff you can go to. We have some good kids who can do what it takes. It's assignment football."

On offense, the Sea Kings are going to maintain a balanced attack Freeman said.

"We can't do just one thing," he said.

There is a new wrinkle to the Sea Kings' offense that Freeman and his staff have been working in and want to run more: the option. The play was successful on one attempt for a 12-yard gain.

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