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CdM in semis again

High School Football

Sea Kings reach Southern Division semifinals for the third time in four years after beating Los Amigos. Laguna Beach is up next.

November 25, 2011|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — The sprinkler in the southwest corner of Jim Scott Stadium came on just before kickoff Friday night.

Water arched high in the air, landing in the east end zone. The ball still appeared wet even after the game started for the Los Amigos High football team, which fumbled twice and muffed a punt in the first half.

Corona del Mar took advantage. The Sea Kings weren't about to let another trip to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals slip through their collective fingers.

The No. 2-seeded Sea Kings made it look easy in the quarterfinal game Friday, routing the Lobos, 45-7, to advance to the semifinals for the third time in four years. The Sea Kings will play at Laguna Beach in the semifinals Dec. 3.

Laguna Beach upset No. 3-seeded Segerstrom, 51-40, in another quarterfinal game Friday night.

"Los Amigos was a 9-2 team as well, so our guys didn't look past them at all," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said. "They prepared well and when our guys prepare well, most of the time we get a pretty positive result … We felt like we could both run the ball and throw it on them. We really condensed our playbook this week, and kind of ran the stuff we were really comfortable with."

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The offense didn't have to exert itself too much. Defense and special teams got the Sea Kings (10-2) rolling early, after they scored first when senior quarterback Brent Lawson found his go-to receiver, senior Josh Giger, on a 39-yard play-action pass midway through the first quarter. The strike capped a 94-yard drive that also featured two runs for first downs out of the Wildcat formation by senior Aaron White, who had his usual all-over-the-field game at linebacker.

When Los Amigos (9-3) tried the Wildcat, it was less successful. A high snap was fumbled away, and CdM senior linebacker Frasier Anderson scooped up the ball and returned it to the Lobos' two-yard line. Lawson scampered in from there.

The next Los Amigos possession ended with a punt partially blocked by CdM senior David Moore. White caught the ball off the deflection and returned it to the Los Amigos 10-yard line. A play later, senior running back Erik Fisher spun away from two would-be tacklers to find the end zone, giving the Sea Kings a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.

"We just gave it our all," said Moore, a backup lineman who said he blocked his first varsity kick. "We wanted to get past this step. It's just another step. It's the 13th step next week."

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