CdM remains perfect

Sea Kings improve to 3-0 after beating Troy, as Reinhardt heats up in second half with 132 rushing yards Thursday.

September 16, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,

FULLERTON — A poorly lit football field was not going to diminish Corona del Mar High's undefeated start to the season.

The Sea Kings have opened the season at 3-0 for the third straight time under Coach Jason Hitchens after they beat host Troy, 27-7, at Fullerton High Thursday night.

Hitchens, in his third year with the Sea Kings, reminded his team to not look too far ahead.

"We've got a long journey," Hitchens said after the nonleague game.

The Sea Kings are hitting on all cylinders. The defense, special teams and running game are performing at a high level.


CdM has momentum heading into the Battle of the Bay next week against Newport Harbor. The Sea Kings have already upset a Sunset League team in Huntington Beach, another one will propel them to their first 4-0 start in 21 years.

"Extremely big and really anticipated," CdM running back Clay Reinhardt said of the upcoming rivalry game against the Sailors, ranked eighth in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division poll.

"We're looking to come out strong and hopefully come out with a W."

The Sea Kings must get off to a stronger beginning against Newport Harbor than the one it exhibited against Troy to have a chance to beat the Sailors for the first time in four years.

CdM, ranked No. 10 in the Southern Division, recorded just one first down in a scoreless opening quarter. The Sea Kings took a 10-7 lead at halftime, thanks to their defense forcing two fumbles in the first half.

Each turnover set up CdM scores.

The defense stuffed Troy, keeping the Warriors winless. The Warriors (0-2) were only able to move the chains for a first down once in the second half and CdM sacked quarterback Nathan Connolly four times in the game.

The third and fourth quarters belonged to CdM and its ground attack. It took Reinhardt some time to get going, but he topped 100 yards for the third time in as many starts this season.

Reinhardt gained 132 of his 138 yards rushing in the second half. He broke off touchdown runs of 33 and 32 yards, one coming late in the third quarter and the other late in the fourth.

Not a shabby evening for a senior expected to be a slot receiver before the season. Reinhardt ran the ball 17 times, and he has carried the bulk of the load in the backfield with Jeff Condino making his way back from a shoulder injury.

"They made me into a running back and I just kind of took off from there," said Reinhardt, who has rushed for 406 yards and four touchdowns this season, showing he is a legit back.

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