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Virgen's View: Sea Kings savor spoils

December 05, 2011|By Steve Virgen
  • [Corona del Mar's head football coach Scott Meyer introduces players Aaron White, left, Erik Fisher, center, and Brent Lawson, right, during the 36th Annual CIF-Southern Section football luncheon at The Grand in Long Beach on Monday, Dec. 5. (Scott Smeltzer)] *** []
[Corona del Mar's head football coach Scott Meyer… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Steve Sarkisian, the keynote speaker at Monday's CIF Southern Section football luncheon, delivered a short, but effective message to players and coaches.

The University of Washington coach told them to enjoy the week, enjoy the experience. The players and coaches who were at The Grand in Long Beach are finalists for CIF championship games.

Corona del Mar High's Brent Lawson, Erik Fisher and Aaron White, along with Coach Scott Meyer did their best to live in the moment. Frankly, it was probably the last time they could truly enjoy it. Later in the afternoon began the work week toward the big game: No. 2-seeded CdM (11-2) vs. top-seeded Beckman (11-2) for the Southern Division championship Friday at Orange Coast College. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

You can expect a great game, said Meyer, the CdM first-year coach. You can expect a hard-hitting game, said Beckman's Ken Mushinskie, also a first-year coach for the Patriots.

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The Pacific Coast League foes have developed quite the rivalry. Fittingly perhaps, they sat at tables on opposite sides of the room.

Last year, CdM beat Beckman on its way to winning the PCL title. But the Patriots eliminated the Sea Kings in the CIF semifinals. This season, Beckman took down CdM to win its first PCL championship. And now they are meeting for the CIF crown.

CdM last won a CIF title in 1989, which was the last time the Sea Kings reached the final. A section championship for CdM would be its third.

The Patriots are seeking their first CIF title. They came this close to winning it last year, as they lost to Garden Grove, 31-30.

"Our goal last year was to win the championship and we came one point short and that's been on our minds the entire year," Beckman senior Bryan Dewey said. "We are definitely going in thinking we want this."

The Sea Kings know of Dewey; painfully, so does Lawson. Dewey intercepted two of Lawson's passes and took one back for a 35-yard touchdown in Beckman's wild 42-37 win on Nov. 11.

Lawson doesn't think fondly of that game. But the senior quarterback is excited about the opportunity for redemption Friday night.

"It wasn't the best game for me," Lawson said of the loss to Beckman. "But it makes this game that much better. I'm going to work that much harder. I have a chance for redemption. I'm totally excited. I'm excited for this opportunity."

Lawson said the team is anxious for the opportunity.

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