CdM last team standing

Sea Kings survive and is only squad from the area to advance to second round Friday night.

November 19, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
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COSTA MESA — For every jab Ocean View High threw at Corona del Mar during Friday's CIF Southern Section Southern Division first-round football playoff game at Orange Coast College, the Sea Kings responded with a quick counter punch.

They even had the final knock down that sent them on into the 11th week of the season.

CdM shut down Ocean View in the second half and scored the only touchdown in the final 24 minutes to come away with a 21-13 victory at LeBard Stadium.

The win moves the Pacific Coast League champion Sea Kings (9-1-1) into Friday's second round, in which they will face Orange League runner-up Anaheim. The Colonists on Thursday defeated Rancho Alamitos, 27-14.

Moving on is all that mattered to CdM head coach Jason Hitchens.

"It doesn't matter at this point in the season if you win by one point, or 40 points," he said. "Every week, from here on out, everyone is 0-0. We now have the opportunity to play 48 more minutes of football, and that's all that matters."


The Sea Kings were protecting a 21-13 lead late in the game when Ocean View got the ball back with under three minutes to play.

Starting from their own 24-yard line, the Seahawks moved down to the CdM 21 in seven plays with 1:23 left.

On second-down, CdM senior linebacker Alex Herrera and senior lineman Jimmy Roney combined to drop Robinson for a two-yard loss.

Out of timeouts, Robinson had a seven-yard gain on a third-down pass from quarterback Nolan Tippy to get to the 16. On fourth down, Tippy lofted a pass toward receiver Josh Clay but Sea Kings junior defensive back Cole Cottrell closed in and knocked the ball away fom Clay at the goal line with eight seconds left.

CdM quarterback Mitch Gardner then took a knee to run out the clock.

"Our defense once again played well and I think we are where we are at in this point of the season because of our defense, and special teams," Hitchens said. "Offensively, we ran the ball pretty welll and made some big passes when we needed to."

Ocean View struck first, going 80 yards in five plays to score.

The Seahawks took over at their own 20 after Andrew Boehm's 33-yard field goal attempt on CdM's opening drive just missed left. On second down from the 23, Tippy aired out a nice pass to receiver Brian Hernandez, who got under the ball at the CdM 43 and headed downfield before being pulled down at the 13 by defensive back Peter Markel. Three plays later, Tippy hit a wide-open Blake Walker over the middle on a 12-yard touchdown pass.

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