Meyer, or his team, wasn't concerned when the Rebels scored on an electrifying 89-yard run down the CdM sideline. Savanna stood no chance at beating CdM for the first time in 48 years.
The Sea Kings, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division preseason poll, pounded the Rebels ground game after the big run by running back TreVon Jones. The defense gave CdM time to get in a groove.
Quarterback Brent Lawson and running back Erik Fisher appreciated the patience. The two seniors delivered in the second and third quarters.
Lawson finished with 199 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing. His favorite target was tight end Matt English, who caught six passes for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Fisher rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. He was the one who broke the game open on the opening kickoff in the second half.
Fisher returned the kickoff 92 yards to put CdM up, 26-7. Meyer was on his way to his first victory and he said it felt great to be back in charge of a high school program after spending last season as an assistant at Long Beach Wilson.
"They knew if we just kept playing together … things will turn," said Meyer, who stayed optimistic after CdM struggled early on.
On its first three drives of the game, CdM moved the ball, twice getting inside the Rebels' 10-yard line and once to their 13. The Sea Kings came away with just two field goals by Grant Garrett.
Savanna used one play to find the end zone, and did the Rebels get there in a hurry. Jones went to the right and then outran every defender for an 89-yard touchdown, giving Savanna a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels stayed out in front for most of the first half because of the Sea Kings' offensive shortcomings in the red zone.