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High School Football: CdM wins big

Sea Kings take down Laguna Hills to extend winning streak to 12 games dating back to last year, a school record.

September 07, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

LAGUNA HILLS — This time, Corona del Mar High beat Laguna Hills on the football field.

Unlike last year, when the Hawks used an ineligible player, the Sea Kings won't have to wait a couple of weeks to earn a victory via forfeit.

The Sea Kings look unbeatable and that's been the case in their last 12 games. They prevailed at Laguna Hills, 35-14, on Friday and set a CdM record for consecutive wins.

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The top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll has opened the season with two dominating performances. CdM has outscored its opponents, 70-14, and it gave up its first touchdown right before halftime.

Before that late scoring drive, CdM (2-0) limited the Hawks (0-1) to two yards on 21 plays from scrimmage. That's how stingy CdM's defense has been this year.

One week it is defensive end Parker Chase sacking the quarterback four times. The next week it is defensive end Harrison Carter sacking the quarterback twice and forcing fumbles each time.

The Hawks pounced on the first fumble. On the second, Chase picked up the loose ball inside Laguna Hills' 20-yard line. No one could chase him down from behind in time. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder raced into the end zone and celebrated, jumping and spiking the ball between his legs.

The referees penalized CdM 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. It didn't matter, as CdM took a 21-0 lead 21/2 minutes into the second quarter.

"Those defensive guys," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said with a smile. "Lesson learned on the … touchdown celebration."

Meyer said CdM would have to eliminate its penalties for a shot at extending its winning streak that dates back to last year. Next week, the Sea Kings face El Toro at Trabuco Hills High.

The Sea Kings committed six penalties in the first half for 73 yards. Their defense spent a lot of time on the field because of the penalties.

They still managed to make things miserable for the Hawks' two quarterbacks. Laguna Hills used a left-hander (Cameron Bondy) and a right-hander (Luke Zuvich) and not much worked.

Linebacker Robbie Hoffman intercepted a Zuvich pass in the second quarter, and when the Sea Kings' offense stalled for much of the second half, cornerback Brett Greenlee and safety Barrett Barbato picked off Bondy in the fourth quarter. Two of the interceptions led to CdM touchdowns.

When CdM's offense produced its four touchdowns, it wasted little time.

The Sea Kings' scoring drives lasted 1 minute 45 seconds, 3:12, 10 seconds and nine seconds.

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