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Mini Battle of the Bay: CdM dominates Sailors

High School Football

Sea Kings freshmen extend winning streak to 19 with second straight romp over Back Bay rival.

September 13, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
(Scott Smeltzer…)

NEWPORT BEACH — The tide may not yet have turned in the Battle of the Bay football rivalry between Corona del Mar High and Newport Harbor. But the noticeable ripples of an oncoming Sea Kings' swell were apparent for the second straight year in the two schools' annual freshman game.

CdM, which has lost 12 of the last 13 varsity Battle of the Bay showdowns heading into Friday's clash at Newport Harbor, had dropped 10 of 11 freshmen meetings with the Sailors between 2000 and 2010.

But after a commanding 42-13 triumph by the CdM freshmen on Thursday at Newport Harbor, followed by a 33-6 CdM freshmen triumph in 2011, it may be the Sea Kings who are preparing to drop anchor on football dominance in this seaside community.

"It seems like the last three or four years, we've had a nice group of kids coming in with some Junior All-American and Pop Warner experience," CdM freshmen coach Jerry Jelnick said. "We always had the skill guys, but we didn't have the linemen. The last couple years, we've got some linemen too."

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CdM, which has won 19 straight freshmen games since falling, 17-14, to Newport on Sept. 23, 2010, appeared to have a balance of power in all positions, as well as both sides of the ball.

The CdM offense scored on three of its first four possessions to help open a 23-0 first-quarter lead. The Sea Kings then scored on their first three second-half possessions to cement only its fifth freshmen victory over Newport Harbor in Sailors' Coach Joe Urban's 18 seasons at the helm.

CdM tailback Anthony Battista, whom Jelnick said attended Ensign Intermediate, located mere blocks from the Newport Harbor campus, amassed 226 rushing yards on 26 carries. Included in his workmanlike day were touchdown runs of 17, 11 and 30 yards, as well as an additional burst of 32 yards.

CdM quarterback Peter Bush, whose older brother Sam transferred from Newport Harbor to Mater Dei High after earning second-team All-Sunset League honors as a sophomore offensive tackle in 2011, threw for 98 yards and one touchdown. Bush also ran for his team's final touchdown with 5:11 left in the third quarter.

Linebackers Karl Donovan, Jason Simaan and Blake Kormos spearheaded a CdM defense that produced four sacks, allowed just 44 rushing yards on 27 attempts, and forced the game's only two turnovers, an interception and fumble recovery by safety Stephen Von Der Ahe.

CdM defenders stopped Sailors ballcarriers at or behind the line 16 times and allowed one-yard gains on three more occasions.

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