With Cottrell on special teams, Clay Reinhardt running the ball and quarterback Mitch Gardner running the no-huddle offense, CdM should have no trouble putting up points as it did last season in the Pacific Coast League.
The offense excelled against Savanna, which many expect to win the Orange League for the second straight season. The Rebels found it hard to monitor Cottrell, who lined up at practically every position.
Cottrell played in the backfield and at wide receiver in the first half. Gardner hooked up with Cottrell twice for scores before halftime.
When the Sea Kings were not throwing the ball, they handed it to Reinhardt. The senior finished with 167 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.
The defense and special-teams units helped the offense start with great field position.
The Rebels came out running the option with their big quarterback, Jeremiah Rideaux. They ran eight plays on the game's opening possession and moved past midfield before they faced a fourth-and-inches situation.
With a 5-foot-9, 212-pounder behind center, a first down seemed inevitable for the Rebels. The Sea Kings believed otherwise.
Defenders swarmed toward Rideaux, who tried to go right but a gang of tacklers met him and stopped him from getting the first down.
Two minutes later, the defense held Savanna again, forcing a punt.
Cottrell contributed to CdM's first touchdown by returning a punt 20 yards to the opponent's 30-yard line. Six plays later, the Sea Kings rewarded Cottrell for his return.
Lined up in the backfield, Cottrell went out for a pass. Gardner found him wide open in the flat for a two-yard touchdown pass, giving CdM a 6-0 lead late in the opening quarter.