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Two-minute Drill

November 13, 2012

Corona del Mar High began its CIF Southern Section Southern Division title defense on a high note.

The top-seeded Sea Kings blanked Anaheim, 35-0, in the first round last Thursday at Newport Harbor High.

CdM (9-2), winners of seven straight, advanced to the quarterfinals for the third straight year. Next is Los Amigos (8-3), which defeated Estancia, 41-14, in the first round at Jim Scott Stadium.

The Sea Kings and Los Amigos will meet in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. But CdM is the road team this year in the quarterfinal matchup set at Bolsa Grande High for Friday at 7 p.m.

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"We know we'll have our hands full," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said of the game against the Lobos, who finished second in the Garden Grove League.

CdM won last year's game against Los Amigos, 45-7, and went on to claim its first section title since 1989.

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CdM senior kicker Grif Amies is still five successful field goals away from breaking the CIF Southern Section single-season record of 22 set by Chris Sailer of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 18 years ago.

Amies got two tries to get closer last week, but he missed field-goal attempts from 36 and 38 yards. The senior is 18 for 23 in field-goal tries this year.

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Each time CdM has played Anaheim it has been in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Before last week, the Sea Kings shut out the Colonists, 35-0, in the Southern Division quarterfinals in 2010.

In 1988, CdM defeated Anaheim, 28-8, in the Division VI quarterfinals.

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The Sea Kings have posted an impressive overall record of 31-6-1 since 2010.

Only Newport Harbor has a better three-year stretch for a Newport-Mesa team when it comes to overall record, going 34-5-2 from 1999 to 2001.

The Sea Kings can get to 34 wins in three years if they win three more games in the playoffs.

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Talalelei Teaupa knew it had been a long time since Newport Harbor High last won a playoff game.

The senior tailback helped erase the Sailors' postseason drought by running wild.

Teaupa rushed 26 times for a career-high 272 yards, lifting the Sailors to a 42-21 win against Troy in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs at Davidson Field. The postseason victory was Newport Harbor's first in five years.

Newport Harbor (7-4) actually fell behind, 14-0, in the first eight minutes. The Sailors responded by feeding Teaupa the ball and he brought the team back as it scored the next 42 points, 12 points coming on Teaupa's two touchdown runs.

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