Sea Kings sink Oilers

Corona del Mar holds off Huntington Beach, as Boehm's three field goals help in nonleague victory.

September 10, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
(Don Leach / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — Preston Risser intercepted the football game's first pass and he had a chance to pick off the last one Friday night.

The linebacker did not intercept the final pass, but he did the second best thing for Corona del Mar High and he saved the Sea Kings.

With 21 seconds left to play, Risser deflected a pass on fourth-and-four inside the Sea Kings' 10, allowing CdM to hold on and upset Huntington Beach, 16-10, Friday night.

Risser and the rest of the Sea Kings stormed onto the field at Newport Harbor High after CdM ran out the clock. The Sea Kings are off to a 2-0 start.

They have shown they can win big, evident from the season opener, and now win a close game.

The team CdM faced is from the juggernaut Sunset League. The Oilers' roster size dwarfed the one on the CdM sideline.


The Sea Kings' defense rose to the occasion, knocking out Huntington Beach's starting quarterback midway through the opening quarter. Before Jake Umphreyville left the field, the Sea Kings stripped the ball out of his hands and recovered the ball.

CdM shut down the Oilers in the first, third and fourth quarters. The defense and specials teams helped the Sea Kings score enough points to prevail.

Kicker Andrew Boehm converted field goals from 35, 21 and 27 yards. The last two came in the fourth quarter.

For the second straight week, Cole Cottrell sparked CdM with his punt returns. Early in the fourth quarter, he returned a punt 39 yards, leaving the offense on the Oilers' 33.

Running back Clay Reinhardt ripped off a 25-yard run on first down, moving the offense inside the 10-yard line. Reinhardt, who topped 100 yards on the ground for the second straight week, could not score from one yard out.

The offense stalled, forcing Coach Jason Hitchens to bring in Boehm on a fourth-and-goal situation. Boehm made the 21-yard field goal with 8:31 left to play, giving the Sea Kings a 13-10 lead, their first since the first quarter.

CdM held on to it by stopping the Oilers. Frasier Anderson dropped running back Austin Simpkins for a one-yard loss on a third-and-two on Huntington Beach's 34. On the next play, the Oilers tried to punt, only to see Max Lambert mishandle the long snap.

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