The second part of the high school football season starts this week for four local schools. To reach the third phase, the playoffs, each team has to perform in league play.
Let league play begin.
Corona del Mar and Estancia have the toughest league openers. Both are on the road and both face teams ranked in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.
Top-ranked CdM (4-1) opens Pacific Coast League play against No. 7-ranked Northwood (2-3) on Thursday at Irvine High at 7 p.m.
Sixth-ranked Estancia (3-2) kicks off Orange Coast League play at No. 5-ranked Laguna Beach (5-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.
Getting off to the right start is vital for both CdM and Estancia to defend their respective league titles.
The Sea Kings are coming off a bye; the Eagles off a nonleague loss.
Coach Scott Meyer is in his first year at CdM, so the Pacific Coast League will be new to him. He is well aware that his league is the best in the Southern Division, with five of its teams ranked in the top 10. Three of those teams, which include CdM, reached the semifinals of the playoffs last year.