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Virgen's View: CdM football program has bright future

December 01, 2012|By Steve Virgen
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

It probably wasn't an ideal time to ask about the future of the Corona del Mar High football program, but Coach Scott Meyer is so cooperative and kind that he answered my question anyway.

Meyer's shirt was still wet after being drenched with water in celebration of the Sea Kings' second straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship. There was no need for Meyer to appear agitated as he walked off the football field at Angel Stadium on Saturday.

The thought of the future of the CdM football program brought a smile to Meyer's face. Not that it wasn't there before. After all, the Sea Kings had just captured the CIF title with a convincing 35-10 win over Garden Grove.

"We're going to enjoy this right now, but we have a ton of young guys on defense and we have some young guys on offense," said Meyer, who just completed his second season in charge at CdM. "The lower levels did well. I think the future is bright. But we're going to enjoy this one for now."

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The CdM freshmen team has won 26 games in a row, including two straight 10-0 seasons. The Sea Kings' junior varsity team went 8-2 in 2011 and duplicated that mark this year.

The freshmen have competed with flair, as the mini Sea Kings are one of the few freshmen teams that run a no-huddle offense, just like the varsity.

Meyer remembers seeing the freshmen team practice the no-huddle during the summer. The offense wasn't playing against anyone, but he was still impressed.

"They looked sharp," Meyer said. "We have smart, tough kids and all our coaches do a great job with them."

Jerry Jelnick is the head coach of the freshmen team. Meyer credits Jelnick, John Griffin, Jelnick's right-hand man, and the rest of the freshmen coaching staff for providing the new players with a rewarding experience that usually leads to the players wanting more.

Meyer has his varsity assistants serve as coaches for the junior varsity team. Aaron Huerta is the head coach and defensive coordinator of the junior varsity team. Brad Bohn, Kevin Purtell and Dennis Wilbanks also contribute a great deal with the junior varsity, Meyer said.

Practices have been important. The varsity and junior varsity players train together.

"I think a lot of programs do that now because of the [participation] numbers," Meyer said. "We practice all those guys together. The way we platoon really helps all our younger guys get coached up. The young JV guys aren't ignored."

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