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High School Football: Sea Kings take act to Angel Stadium

CdM plays for the CIF Southern Section Southern Division title against Garden Grove Saturday at 2 p.m.

November 29, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

Scott Meyer never got the chance to play a high school football game in a professional stadium, let alone coach a high school game in one.

On Monday, he pictured what it would be like to coach a game in a pro stadium. What better way to conjure up that image than to walk on the field at Angel Stadium.

It was early in the morning when Meyer arrived at the stadium. Groundskeepers mowed the grass. Strings to line up the field touched the grass. Goal posts stood at each end zone.

The 48-year-old Meyer looked in awe at the scene. What he saw was a field intended for baseball slowly transform into one for football.

That field is where Meyer gets to coach his Corona del Mar High team on Saturday. When Meyer leads the top-seeded Sea Kings (11-2) into Angel Stadium to play No. 3 Garden Grove (11-2) for the CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, he expects their eyes to be wide open.

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Kickoff is set for 2 p.m., but Meyer plans to bring his team to the stadium early.

"When we get there, we'll probably walk right out on the field for a few minutes and let these guys take it in and experience it, and then it will be time to go to work," said Meyer, who has no doubt his players will adjust to playing in a pro facility. "Once we kick it off, [the field is] the same size as our field at CdM."

The dimensions of the field will be the same, the game-day routine won't be.

Both programs have been on this stage before, playing for Southern Division championships in recent years. CdM is trying to repeat as champion and Garden Grove is making its third title-game appearance in four years, but those games were at Orange Coast College and at night. The afternoon start might be an issue for two teams accustomed to playing at 7 p.m.

The Sea Kings have already struggled getting into an offensive rhythm in the first quarter of their three playoff games. They haven't scored any points in the first 12 minutes of each game.

What has helped the no-huddle offense not be in such a hurry to produce is that CdM's defense hasn't allowed any points in the postseason.

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