TUSTIN — No coach wants to face a familiar strong opponent from their league twice in a span of four games. When that second game is in the playoffs, after that foe sneaked its way into the postseason, it makes it that much more difficult.
Jason Hitchens was in that predicament as coach of the Corona del Mar High football team on Saturday night. The goal was to reach the 14th game of the season.
The Sea Kings were stopped one game short by Beckman.
The season ended on the unlucky No. 13 as an at-large entry upset second-seeded CdM, 24-3, in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs at Tustin High. The trip to the semis was the Sea Kings' second in the last three years under Hitchens.
It was understandable why Hitchens looked disappointed after his Pacific Coast League champion Sea Kings lost to the Patriots, the fifth-place team in league.