LAGUNA BEACH — Corona del Mar High football coach Scott Meyer said the Sea Kings' 41-14 victory over host Laguna Beach that ended a four-game losing streak in CIF semifinals dating back to 1992, meant they finally got over the hump.
But it's certainly easier to surmount any bump in the postseason landscape when your primary offensive strategy involves running downhill.
That's just the way it appeared for CdM (11-2) in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal, the Sea Kings' third semifinal appearance in four years.
The victory propels the No. 2-seeded Sea Kings into Friday's title game against top-seeded Beckman (11-3). It's a rematch of the two Pacific Coast League rivals' regular-season meeting, won by Beckman, 42-37, on Nov. 11 at Irvine High.
CdM, which was eliminated in the Southern Division semis last year by Beckman, is seeking the program's third section crown, its first since 1989.
Senior tailback Erik Fisher amassed 298 of the Sea Kings' 448 rushing yards and scored two of the team's five rushing touchdowns, as CdM temporarily ditched its penchant for burning teams primarily with the pass.