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High School Football: Next stop, CIF Final

Corona del Mar advances to CIF Southern Section Southern Division title game after posting third straight shutout Friday.

November 23, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Kai Wilson, left, celebrates scoring the Sea Kings' first touchdown with teammate Cole Martin, center, during the first half against Woodbridge in a CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal playoff game at Irvine High on Friday.
Corona del Mar High's Kai Wilson, left, celebrates… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

IRVINE — Dense fog rolled in at halftime on Friday night, making it tough to see the players on the football field.

Even with the reduced visibility, Corona del Mar High stood out again on defense in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

No team has been able to score on the Sea Kings in the postseason. Three games have resulted in three shutouts.

The last time CdM held its first three playoff opponents scoreless, it completed back-to-back section title runs 23 years ago. The program is in the same position this year, trying to win a second straight section crown.

The latest team CdM blanked was Woodbridge. The top-seeded Sea Kings won, 25-0, in the semifinals at Irvine High.

A day after Thanksgiving, the Sea Kings stuffed whatever the Warriors ran on offense.

For the second straight week, CdM faced one of the top rushers in Orange County. And it didn't make a difference as CdM is playing for a section title for the second straight year after holding Woodbridge's Austin DeFreitas to 71 yards rushing, almost 100 yards below his per-game average.

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The Sea Kings (11-2) earned the right to defend their Southern Division title at Angel Stadium next week. Their defense will be up against a high-powered offense in Garden Grove (11-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. The third-seeded Argonauts can put up points, averaging almost 40 per game.

"We're just going to come out and do what we do," CdM defensive end Tim Reinhardt said, referring to a physical brand of defense.

Reinhardt, a leader of the defense, brought it against the Warriors (7-6) all night. Early on, he unloaded on quarterback Matt Callahan, knocking him out of the game.

Before Callahan's pass fell incomplete, he fell hard when Reinhardt hit him. With 3:26 left in the opening quarter, Callahan left the field.

"I got held a little bit and I got a little bit mad," Reinhardt said of the play. "[Callahan leaving the game] helped us slow them down. It kind of threw off their game plan a little bit. We were grateful."

The Sea Kings are happy to be back playing for another section championship. They have made it back with Coach Scott Meyer, who's in his second year with CdM.

Meyer rarely wears last year's CIF ring. He is one win away from getting fit for another.

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