High School Football: TWO-MINUTE DRILL

October 15, 2012

Corona del Mar High football coach Scott Meyer had his team pumped up after its 51-14 Pacific Coast League win over Northwood on Friday.

In his post-game address, he asked his players, "Who's in the driver's seat?" The players answered back: "We are." Meyer then said "No one comes into your house and takes it away from us."

The players later chanted "Chase that ring," meaning the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship ring that the Sea Kings claimed in 2011.


Coach Jeff Brinkley is in his 27th season calling plays for the Newport Harbor High offense. He also occasionally calls the final score. Such was the case Friday, when the Sailors (3-4, 1-1 in league) defeated Fountain Valley, 21-14, in a Sunset League game at Huntington Beach High.

"[Sailors girls' cross country and track and field coach Eric] Tweit walked into my office [Friday] and asked me 'What's the score?' Brinkley said after Friday's dramatic finish. "I said 21-14 [Newport Harbor]. I told him I thought we were both pretty close to each other right now."

Estancia High's bid for a third straight undefeated Orange Coast League title ended Friday at home.

The Eagles lost to Laguna Beach, 48-14, to snap their 12-game winning streak in league play. The 34-point setback in league is their worst since 2005, when the Eagles played in the Golden West League.

Estancia (4-3, 1-1) lost the field position, turnover and penalty battles against the Breakers (6-0-1, 2-0), who moved up a spot to No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll this week. The Eagles are No. 10.

Six of the Eagles' first seven drives began on their own 20-yard line. The Breakers prevented Estancia senior Ben Beck from hurting them after he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the previous two games.

Laguna Beach's Robbie Mclnerny had six kickoffs that resulted in touchbacks.

Half of the Breakers' four scoring drives in the first half began near the red zone, helping them take a 28-7 halftime lead.

The Eagles turned the ball over twice on interceptions and once on downs, compared to only one turnover for Laguna Beach.

Estancia was penalized 10 times for 70 yards and the Breakers just twice for 15 yards.

Costa Mesa High fell to 0-2 in the Orange Coast League for the first time since joining the league in 2006. The Mustangs were hurt on the opening kickoff of their 23-21 Orange Coast League loss to Godinez on Friday at Segerstrom High.

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