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High School Football: CdM aims to defend CIF crown

Sea Kings earn No. 1 seed in Southern Division. Newport Harbor, Estancia awarded CIF first-round home games.

November 05, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley, left, and sophomore quarterback Cole Norris will team up again in Sailors' postseason run.
Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley, left, and sophomore… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The formula to qualify for the CIF Southern Section football playoffs is easy. Win more league games than you lose and you get in.

For three local high school teams, the formula more than worked out. Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor and Estancia head into the postseason in their respective divisions this week.

The three programs went a combined 13-2 in league play. The one team that didn't lose in league is seeded No. 1 in its division.

The Sea Kings are top-seeded in the Southern Division, which they won last season. They are the local team with the best chance at playing 14 games again this year.

The Sailors and Eagles look to make runs in the Southwest and Southern divisions, respectively.

The Sunset League's shift from the robust Pac-5 Division to the Southwest Division this season gives the Sailors a shot at winning in the first round for the first time in five years.

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Estancia already got a taste of a Southern Division semifinal appearance last year and it brings back a lot of experience to this year's playoffs.

The first local team to play this week is CdM (8-2), the Pacific Coast League champion. The Sea Kings open Thursday against Anaheim (5-5), the third-place team out of the Orange League.

The Sea Kings and Colonists have only met twice in the past, both times in the postseason and both times CdM won. The third meeting between CdM and Anaheim kicks off at 7 p.m. at Newport Harbor High.

On Friday, Newport Harbor (6-4) takes its field against Troy (7-3), the second-place team from the Freeway League. The game is at 7 p.m. and it marks the first date between these schools.

The game also marks the return of the Sailors to the Division VI postseason, which has been known as the Southwest Division since 2006. Newport Harbor, the Sunset League runner-up, won the Division VI title seven years ago before leaving for the Pac-5, which is considered Division I.

Estancia has never claimed a section title, but it fell one game short of playing for one last year. Another playoff run for the Eagles (7-3) begins at home against Los Amigos (7-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.

This matchup features two second-place teams, Estancia from the Orange Coast League and Los Amigos from the Garden Grove League. For the third straight year, Estancia opens the first round at home.

The Sea Kings are expecting a third consecutive deep postseason run. They won the Southern Division last year and reached the semifinals two years ago.

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