NEWPORT BEACH — The Corona del Mar High football team's helmet decals this season feature a big letter C with the word Kings scrolled horizontally across. And with the Sea Kings' 31-3 Pacific Coast League victory over visiting University Friday at Newport Harbor High the notion of royalty has proved prophetic.
With the win, combined with results from the other two league games Thursday and Friday, CdM (7-1-1, 3-0-1 in league) has clinched at least a share of its first league championship since 1999. A victory over host Beckman in the regular-season finale Friday at Tustin High would give the Sea Kings, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, the program's first outright crown since 1988.
"That gives you a cushion," Hitchens said of a Beckman win over Irvine Thursday and Friday's Northwood triumph over Woodbridge, leaving Northwood alone in second with a 2-1-1 league record heading into the final week of the regular season. "But we really don't want to share anything. If we can close it out, that's kind of what we've been working toward here."