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High School Football: CdM rolls past Capo

Sophomore Battista fills in for injured Martin and delivers 153 yards and two TDs on 18 carries in CdM's 15th straight win.

September 27, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Anthony Battista ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to help Corona del Mar High to a 43-14 win over Capistrano Valley.
Anthony Battista ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns… (Don Leach )

Since Scott Meyer took over as the football coach at Corona del Mar High two years ago, only one opponent has held his team to single-digit points.

Going into Friday night's game, Meyer was well aware of that team. The Sea Kings played host to that team at Davidson Field.

The Sea Kings came out firing on all cylinders against that team, producing touchdowns on their first four drives. Eighty-eight seconds into the second quarter, that team trailed by its largest margin of the year.

Capistrano Valley was that team and the Sea Kings hammered the Cougars, 43-14. And CdM, playing without star tailback Cole Martin, handed Capistrano Valley its worst setback this year.

Martin, who went into the week as the third leading rusher in Orange County with 650 yards, stood on the sideline with a sprained ankle as CdM rolled up the score on Capistrano Valley (3-2), ranked No. 9 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division. The top-ranked team in the Southern Division didn't need the junior on this evening.

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The Sea Kings extended their school-best winning streak to 15 games. Next week, CdM (5-0) is off as it has its bye week. The timing is ideal with Martin injured.

"We have a bye week now, so we can, you know, rest up and get completely healthy heading into [Pacific Coast League play]," said Meyer, who also didn't have the services of left tackle Quinn Bassler and he expects him to return after he had his tonsils removed last week.

"[Martin's injury is] nothing serious. He's just banged up a little bit. I thought it would be a real good week to get Anthony Battista and Hugh Crance going."

Battista, a shifty sophomore, started and rushed 18 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He and quarterback Luke Napolitano helped CdM wrap up the nonleague portion of the schedule perfect.

In last year's matchup with Capistrano Valley, CdM only put up seven points. Napolitano got the Sea Kings their first touchdown 6 1/2 minutes into the game, on his first of two rushing touchdowns.

Napolitano also completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cole Collins before the opening quarter ended. The Sea Kings led, 20-7.

They tacked on another seven points early in the second quarter, thanks to defensive end Parker Chase.

The junior came up with his second turnover in the first half, leaping to intercept a pass near midfield. He took off to the left, hoping to find the end zone. Chase almost made it, but quarterback Matthew Gordon took him down on the five-yard line.

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