A year ago, Josh Giger caught passes from his cousin, Mitch Gardner, the quarterback at the time at Corona del Mar High.
"It was like unreal, him throwing the ball to me," Giger said.
The two cousins grew up together, living down the street from each other. They hooked up more on the pavement than on the football field.
Gardner didn't throw as much to Giger as this season's quarterback has through nine games.
Last year, Giger wasn't the team's top threat. He has turned into Brent Lawson's favorite target in the last five weeks.
Giger is 5-foot-8 with cleats on and 160 pounds with his helmet and pads on. One of the smallest players on the team is still making the biggest offensive plays for CdM.
Without No. 5, CdM isn't in position to go unbeaten in Pacific Coast League play for the second straight year.
The Sea Kings (8-1, 4-0 in league) play for their second straight outright league title against Beckman (7-2, 4-0) at Newport Harbor High Friday at 7 p.m. The battle between the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division might be a muddy one.