CdM defeats Irvine

Reinhardt produces 162 rushing yards, scores three TDs and produces clutch 60-yard punt to help Sea Kings prevail Thursday.

October 21, 2010|By Barry Faulkner,

IRVINE — The Corona del Mar High football team used long drives to end a long victory drought in the Pacific Coast League.

The visiting Sea Kings had touchdown marches of 10, 12 and 10 plays to help produce a 28-23 triumph Thursday at Irvine High. It was the first win in the last seven league games for CdM (5-1-1, 1-0-1 in league), which last defeated a league foe Nov. 14, 2008.

Senior Clay Reinhardt spearheaded a productive offense with 162 yards rushing on 26 attempts, including touchdown runs late in the second and third periods. Reinhardt also caught a four-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mitch Gardner, who threw for 140 yards and two scores to do his part in the Sea Kings' balancing act.


CdM's final touchdown came on a seven-play procession that made it 28-20 with 1:30 left in the third period.

Irvine (2-4-1, 1-0-1) led, 6-0 and 13-7 and chose to kick a PAT with 4:06 left in the third quarter that left it behind, 21-20.

The Vaqueros had three fourth-quarter possessions, but managed only a 25-yard Tim Callian field goal with 4:59 remaining to allow CdM to escape with a hard-fought win.

A 60-yard punt by Reinhardt pinned Irvine at its own 13-yard line with 1:23 left and the defense failed to allow a first down to take over for one last play from victory formation.

CdM was, arguably, its own worst enemy, as the Sea Kings, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, lost two fumbles, one of which was cashed in for an Irvine touchdown.

Irvine also benefited from a nine-yard punt that led to the fourth-quarter field goal. Irvine had a first-and-goal at the CdM four-yard line before settling for the field goal, after two runs lost four yards and a third-down pass fell incomplete.

CdM might not have had to sweat things out in the final minutes, had it held on to three would-be interceptions that were dropped.

The Sea Kings were also aided by a pair of long kickoff returns by junior Cole Cottrell. Cottrell took the second-half kickoff at his own goal line and sprinted 44 yards to set up his team's third touchdown. It was a 39-yard kickoff return by Cottrell that helped lead to a 60-yard touchdown drive that finalized the Sea Kings' scoring.

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