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Capo too much for Sea Kings

High School Football

Cougars returned blocked field-goal try for a TD near end of first half and never look back to hand CdM second straight loss.

September 21, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

MISSION VIEJO — On one swing of the Corona del Mar High kicker's leg before halftime, the momentum swung the other way.

A 52-yard field-goal try by Grif Amies resulted in a 52-yard special teams return for a touchdown at the end of the first half.

The finish to the first half at Capistrano Valley was bizarre. What looked like a potential go-ahead scoring drive by the Sea Kings to close the half wound up with the Cougars taking the lead instead.

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They never looked back after returning a blocked field-goal attempt for a touchdown. The Cougars scored the game's final 17 points and won, 24-7, at home on Friday night.

The setback is the second straight for CdM (2-2), which has lost consecutive games for the first time in three years. The collapse on special teams was the first of five mistakes committed by the Sea Kings, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.

"That was a big swing," said CdM Coach Scott Meyer, who saw his team turn the ball over four times in the second half. "We were going in with a chance to score and they made a great play. He just about took it off the tee it seemed."

The player who stopped CdM from taking a 10-7 lead before halftime was Ben Orem.

The Sea Kings brought out their reliable kicker. Amies has converted before from 52 yards this season, but Orem never let the ball rise.

Orem shot through the line and used his entire 6-foot-7 frame while diving toward the placeholder. He blocked the kick, and the ball bounced toward midfield, where Adam Gordon caught it on a bounce and raced in for a touchdown.

With 12 seconds left before halftime, the Cougars (4-1) needed Gordon again. He converted the extra-point kick and Capistrano Valley took a 14-7 lead. The lead was the Cougars' first. They jumped ahead by starting and closing the second quarter strong.

The only big play Capistrano Valley allowed was a 69-yard touchdown, coming late in the opening quarter. The touchdown probably never should've materialized, but CdM quarterback Cayman Carter isn't easy to bring down.

Two would-be tacklers seemed to have Carter for a sack, until he broke loose and kept the play alive. He scrambled to his right and spotted a wide-open Chris Johnstone downfield. Carter hit Johnstone near midfield and the receiver went into the end zone untouched.

The Sea Kings' passing game wasn't as successful in the second half.

Three times Capistrano Valley intercepted passes in the final two quarters. The first came on the opening drive in the second half.

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