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High School Football Preview: Sea Kings go for three

CdM has another championship in mind, as it tries to win third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title.

August 28, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Luke Napolitano leads Corona del Mar High as its quarterback. The Sea Kings open the season Friday night against Pacifica at Davidson Field.
Luke Napolitano leads Corona del Mar High as its quarterback.… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

The sounds coming from an office inside Corona del Mar High's field house are hard for Coach Scott Meyer to ignore.

"I heard a lot of giggling," said Meyer, who eventually learns what all the fuss is about in the room.

Four of his players are having a good time talking about the upcoming season. If there's pressure to repeat the success of the past two seasons, the Sea Kings aren't showing it at all.

The bar has been set high at CdM since Meyer arrived at the school two years ago from Long Beach. Winning it all is all CdM knows under Meyer.

Meyer's Sea Kings are aiming for a three-peat in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division. They plan to make Meyer's third season a special one, and not by just claiming three straight section titles for the first time in CdM's history.

"I think it will be cool to go undefeated," Luke Napolitano said of this year, his first as CdM's starting quarterback.

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The Sea Kings are counting on Napolitano and a dozen other returning starters to lead the way to an unprecedented season. The Sea Kings have gone unbeaten before, 25 years ago when they went 12-0-2 and won the program's first section title, but never have they finished with a perfect record.

The timing is ideal for Napolitano to take over as the signal caller of the top-ranked team in the Southern Division preseason poll. No longer will he just punt, which he performed well last year, garnering All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division accolades.

Napolitano, a senior, said he has learned how to lead from the program's previous two quarterbacks, Cayman Carter in 2012 and Brent Lawson in 2011. The two players went on to earn the All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division Offensive Player of the Year award in their final year.

Napolitano waited for his turn to run the Sea Kings' no-huddle, zone-read option offense. Out of the three quarterbacks under Meyer, Napolitano, a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, looks like the prototypical, drop-back quarterback.

However, don't let his looks fool you. The new quarterback can also run.

"Cayman was a real physical inside runner for us," Meyer said of last season's Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year, "but Luke's probably a little faster than Cayman was."

The plan isn't for Napolitano to run as wild as Carter, who rushed 197 times for 1,073 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. The Sea Kings expect their tailbacks to lead their ground attack this season.

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