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High Schools: CdM returns to CIF football luncheon

November 26, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Nearby where Scott Meyer grew up in Long Beach, there's a banquet hall called "The Grand." Over the years, Meyer said he's visited the place for weddings, funerals, you name the event, and he's probably been to it at The Grand.

There is one special occasion around this time of the year that keeps bringing the 48-year-old Meyer back to The Grand.

For the second straight year, Meyer and members of his Corona del Mar High football program attended a CIF Southern Section luncheon at The Grand honoring the Sea Kings for making it back to the Southern Division title game. The Sea Kings were one of 26 11-man teams in the section receiving recognition on Monday for making it to their respective divisional final.

"We're just real happy to be back," said Meyer, who in his second year at the helm of the Sea Kings has them trying to repeat as champions.

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"It was real special last year, coming in the first year [as coach] and with that group of guys. But it's an awesome feeling to get back with this group of guys as well."

Four seniors joined Meyer, his top two assistants, Kevin Hettig and Dan O'Shea, the school's athletic director, Don Grable, and principal, Tim Bryan, at a table reserved for CdM.

Meyer said he chose the four players – quarterback Cayman Carter, tailback Kai Wilson, defensive end Tim Reinhardt and defensive back Ryan Griffin – because they represent both sides of the ball well. Can't argue with that as the foursome has led top-seeded CdM (11-2) to the championship game against No. 3 Garden Grove (11-2) at Angel Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Meyer said he already got a tour of the stadium. He didn't mind having to drive in the morning from his home in Long Beach to Anaheim and then back to Long Beach for the luncheon. The food at The Grand and the stories Newport Beach resident Paul McDonald, a former USC and NFL quarterback, told as the keynote speaker were worth the mileage.

"It's a great stadium," said Meyer, adding that the goal posts are already in place and that the baseball infield has been re-sodded to accommodate football.

"It's an exciting time, especially being in that stadium, thinking about our fans, our families, our administration, and to have these guys experience playing in such a great stadium like that."

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Corona del Mar has never lost to Garden Grove in football.

The programs have met three previous times, in 2005, 1996 and 1995. In those matchups, the Sea Kings outscored Garden Grove, 130-14.

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