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CdM's Reinhardt stands out on defense

Daily Pilot High School Football Player of the Week

Senior has been key in helping lead Sea Kings to record three shutouts in as many postseason games.

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

The original high school plan for Tim Reinhardt was for him to attend Mater Dei, not Corona del Mar.

The reason wasn't so much because of Mater Dei's storied football program. Reinhardt said his parents, Kelly and Bill, went to Mater Dei.

What won out wasn't a football tradition, or his family's ties to the private school.

"We just decided to go to Corona del Mar because we live so close," Reinhardt said. "We live right down the street."

The decision to stay local is one Reinhardt is happy he and his family made before his freshman year.

In his senior year at CdM, Reinhardt is the star player on a defense that has been dominant in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end is a big reason why no team has scored on the Sea Kings in the postseason.

In the semifinals last week against Woodbridge, Reinhardt knocked out the quarterback with a big hit in the first quarter. As for the backup, Reinhardt sacked him and forced a fumble in the second quarter.

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By the time the original starter returned in the fourth quarter, CdM was on its way to a 25-0 victory.

Reinhardt has one more game left and it's for the Southern Division title at Angel Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. The championship tilt between the top-seeded Sea Kings (11-2) and No. 3 Garden Grove (11-2) isn't the main event that day.

The school Reinhardt almost went to — Mater Dei — plays in the Pac-5 Division finale against Long Beach Poly at 7:30 p.m. While Mater Dei gets to play at night, Reinhardt gets to try to lead CdM to a second straight section crown.

"It feels just like the first time," Reinhardt said of the week leading up to the championship. "This time, it's my last chance playing [in high school], our seniors last chance, and we've just got to make the most of the opportunity."

On a defense with only three senior starters, Reinhardt is one player who knows what it takes to win it all. It isn't easy, evident from last year's 14-13 victory against Beckman, in which CdM's defense stuffed a two-point play with seven seconds left.

Instead of forcing overtime, Beckman went for two and the win. CdM stopped the running play and captured the Southern Division title.

"It helps to have been under pressure the first time because that was definitely a tense game," Reinhardt said.

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