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CdM falls behind Hawks

Sea Kings have a rough night in their Pacific Coast League opener against Laguna Hills Friday night.

October 15, 2009|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

“What we feared was they would do exactly what they did, they would just hold onto the ball and move it all the way down the field,” said Hitchens, who on the opening drive saw the Hawks march 80 yards in 13 plays and score midway through the first quarter. “As I was telling someone earlier in the day … ‘If you don’t need to throw the ball, why throw it?’

“I think they pose some matchup problems for most of us [in league], from a physical perspective. They’re big up front on both sides of the ball. For us, we’re not real big on the offensive line and we’re not real big on the defensive line.”

Size created problems for the Sea Kings.

At the end, Laguna Hills outgained CdM, 324-91, on the ground. The discrepancy might not have been as wide if Abbott were healthy enough to play.

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The senior suited up, but he limped on the sideline. Hitchens knew during the bye last week CdM had to compete without its leading rusher. Hitchens said Abbott hurt his ankle after an interception return in the fourth quarter of the Sea Kings’ 27-0 victory against Magnolia on Oct. 2.

As for a timetable when Abbott will return, Hitchens gave none. Correcting the mistakes, the penalties nullifying big plays, are the priority.

The Sea Kings appeared on their way to possibly cutting the deficit late in the second quarter. Quarterback Michael Borchard hit Alex Swigert on a screen pass and the running back went 51 yards to Laguna Hills’ four. A block in the back negated the huge gain, bringing the ball back near midfield.

“Offensively, I thought we had our moments,” said Hitchens, whose team finished with 188 yards on offense and two turnovers. “I wouldn’t say that we couldn’t do anything.”

CdM didn’t do much to become the first team to beat Laguna Hills in league since 2006.

Laguna Hills 27, Corona del Mar 0

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Laguna Hills       13-7-7-0--27

Corona del Mar   0-0-0-0--0

FIRST QUARTER

LH – Martindale 3 run (kick blocked), 6:11.

LH – Martindale 15 run (Burke kick), 0:58.

SECOND QUARTER

LH – Martindale 47 run (Burke kick), 5:39.

THIRD QUARTER

LH – Martindale 1 run (Burke kick), 6:43. 

INDIVIDUAL RUSHING

LH – Mat. Martindale, 14-137, 4 TDs; Miranda, 13-72; Vorsheck, 9-49; Belman, 5-39; Bonutto, 2-12; Mar. Martindale, 1-8; Salera, 4-5; Camarce, 2-6; Tereschuk, 1-minus 4.

CdM – Swigert, 10-52; Gardner, 2-24; Condino, 2-19; Fisher, 2-2; Borchard, 6-minus 6.

INDIVIDUAL PASSING

LH – Belman, 1-1-0, 9.

CdM – Borchard, 6-14-2, 46; Gardner, 4-7-0, 51.

INDIVIDUAL RECEIVING

LH – Miranda, 1-9.

CdM – Napolitano, 1-30; Christian, 3-27; Tam, 3-25; Swigert, 3-15.


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