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High School Football: CdM dominates

Sea Kings shut out Anaheim in first round of CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs on Thursday.

November 08, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — Most of the names of Corona del Mar High's football players didn't match the numbers on the roster.

The program handed out to fans before the Sea Kings opened the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs on Thursday featured last year's team. It was an honest mistake.

But make no mistake about it – this year's group is playing a lot like the one last year did for CdM.

The Sea Kings are now three wins away from mirroring what CdM accomplished last season – winning a Southern Division title. Top-seeded CdM took care of business in the first round, blanking Anaheim, 35-0, on a wet night at Newport Harbor High.

Shutting out an opponent in the opening round is a first for the Sea Kings in 23 years. Back in 1989, CdM went on to claim its second straight section title.

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The way CdM is playing, it doesn't look like any team can stop it from going back-to-back again.

Next for the Sea Kings (9-2) is the quarterfinals. The opponent will be the winner of Friday's game between Los Amigos (7-3) and Estancia (7-3).

Coach Scott Meyer knows a little bit about Estancia. Before the season, CdM scrimmaged the Eagles, a semifinalist last year.

The Sea Kings' playoff opener turned out to be a scrimmage in the second quarter. They seemed to be on offense the entire time during the 12 minutes of action.

After a scoreless first quarter, CdM produced 28 points in the second. The first touchdown came 30 seconds into the quarter, on a five-yard run up the middle by tailback Kai Wilson.

The next two CdM touchdowns were set up after Anaheim failed to field a kickoff and an onside kick. The mistakes led to the Sea Kings getting the ball in their opponent's territory and scoring twice in a 13-second span.

Cole Martin was the beneficiary as he found the end zone for the Sea Kings after each mistake on special teams by Anaheim, the third-place team from the Orange League. He scored first on a one-yard run, and then on a 43-yard catch.

Martin finished with 155 yards on nine catches, great numbers for a running back. The sophomore entered the game with just 10 catches for 92 yards and one touchdown.

The Colonists (5-6) never seemed to adjust to the bubble passes Cayman Carter threw to Martin.

"It's an easy throw and catch," Meyer said, "and once Cole gets the ball, he's usually going to do something good with it."

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