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Sea Kings rule the Bay

High School Football

Corona del Mar scores 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat Newport on the gridiron for the first time in seven years.

September 20, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar's Hugh Crance (22), Quinn Bassler (67) and Luke Napolitano (5) celebrate the 34-14 victory against Newport Harbor.
Corona del Mar's Hugh Crance (22), Quinn Bassler… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

COSTA MESA — The first place Scott Meyer checked out before he met his Corona del Mar High football team for the first time two years ago was Newport Harbor. He couldn't name any of his players back then, but he could identify the program the Sea Kings always seemed to lose to every year.

When Meyer introduced himself as the Sea Kings' coach, he told his new team about his drive to the other side of the bay. He talked about narrowing the gap between CdM and rival Newport Harbor.

Each year, with Meyer in charge, the gap narrowed, but each year the Sea Kings lost by either three points or one.

He can finally say CdM has closed the gap.

In his third year with the team, Meyer led CdM to a convincing 34-14 win against the Sailors in the Battle of the Bay game at Orange Coast College on Friday. The triumph, in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,600, ended the Sea Kings' six-game losing streak in the annual game.

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This time, Meyer saw his Sea Kings finish strong against the Sailors. They didn't allow their rivals to storm back late and win yet again.

The Sea Kings (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, shut down Newport Harbor (1-2) in the second half. Zilch is what the Sailors produced in the last two quarters, a stretch in which CdM ran off 27 points.

Tailback Cole Martin was responsible for two of the Sea Kings' second-half touchdowns. For the game, the junior ran 33 times for 194 yards.

No team has been able to stop CdM in its last 14 games. Not even the usually more physical Sailors could hang with the Sea Kings in the 52nd edition of the Battle of the Bay.

"We finally got over the hump. It's been a goal from the beginning," Meyer said. "Coach [Jeff] Brinkley's done a great job over there [at Newport Harbor] for [28 years].

"They were up [14-7] at halftime. We just kept playing and we kind of wore them out in the second half."

Before the Sailors, ranked No. 6 in the Southwest Division, left the field gassed, Brinkley exchanged words with Meyer. It didn't sound pretty. When asked what Brinkley said to him, Meyer responded with, "You're going to have to ask him."

Brinkley was in no mood to stick around. He left shortly after CdM beat the Sailors for only the 14th time.

Brinkley and one of his top players, senior Quest Truxton, turn a year older on Saturday. They won't be celebrating much, not after the Sailors' offense stalled in the second half, recording just 105 yards.

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