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CdM starts with loss

High School Football

Sea Kings see 11-game winning streak in season openers end in loss to Laguna Hills on Friday.

August 31, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

NEWPORT BEACH — You have to go back 12 years to find the last time the Corona del Mar High football team began the season with a loss.

You have to go back almost as far for the last time the Sea Kings beat the kind of team they played Friday night.

When it comes to season openers, the Sea Kings tend to be successful. That isn't the case when they face a Sea View League opponent.

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Laguna Hills ruined the CIF Southern Section Southern Division champion Sea Kings' debut, beating the hosts, 21-12, at Newport Harbor High.

The Sea Kings are now winless in their past 10 meetings against Sea View League teams. The top-ranked team in the Southern Division already has half as many losses at it had all of last year.

As for the Hawks, they continued their dominance against teams from the Pacific Coast League. In the last six years, they have a 23-0-1 record against PCL teams.

"We were pretty fired up being able to play against CIF champions from last year and there was no surprise on how this game was going to go," Laguna Hills Coach Bruce Ingalls said. "It was definitely going to be a battle."

From start to finish, the two programs went at it. No team was able to grab a double-digit lead.

That is how competitive the first contest for both teams played out. The difference was special teams and defense, both favoring the Hawks.

They made the plays, holding CdM to two field goals by halftime.

Each time the Sea Kings reached the red zone in the first half, once as close as the one, they left with just three points.

The second time came back to bite the Sea Kings after they failed to punch the ball in from so close. The momentum changed on the ensuing kickoff. Will King returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Hawks a 7-6 lead two minutes into the second quarter.

"We had really a 14-point swing," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said.

Meyer's Sea Kings tried to even things late in the third quarter.

Tailback Kai Wilson ripped a 14-yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 14-12. The Sea Kings decided to go for a two-point conversion to tie the score.

The pass play fell incomplete. The call to go for two is one Meyer said he would do again.

The Hawks made him pay for his decision.

They went on an 18-play, 69-yard scoring drive that chewed eight minutes off the clock. By the time Will Sedgwick crashed into the end zone on a one-yard run, 6:12 remained in the game. The extra-point kick made it a two-possession game.

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