NEWPORT BEACH — The first 33 minutes of Corona del Mar High's Pacific Coast League opener looked gloomy.
A player with the last name "Gray" almost got the Sea Kings out of the dark.
Brent Gray caught only five passes, but he made three of them account for huge touchdowns against Northwood Thursday night. Gray's 27-yard touchdown grab midway through the fourth quarter gave the Sea Kings their first lead of the game.
The lead did not hold up as CdM and Northwood finished in a 29-29 tie at Newport Harbor High. CdM Coach Jason Hitchens said he preferred to see a winner, but added before the season that the coaches in the league voted against overtime in league play.
"I guess it's better than a loss," Hitchens said with a smile.
Hitchens will take the tie after going winless in league last season.
The Sea Kings faced one of the newest members to the Pacific Coast League. Northwood looked as though it might treat the Sea Kings the same way the rest of league's teams did last year.