High School Football: CdM blanks Irvine

Sea Kings win 16th straight, starting league in dominant fashion on homecoming night.

October 11, 2013|By Matt Szabo

Staying sharp off a bye week presented a challenge Friday night for the Corona del Mar High football team, the top-ranked two-time defending champions of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.

No. 3 Irvine presented another challenge, as did losing All-CIF senior middle linebacker Alex Moore for the year with a torn ACL.

But, if there is one thing the Sea Kings had shown during their school record 15-game winning streak, it was that they could rise above such challenges.


Make it 16 in a row. The Sea Kings put together one of their more impressive games of that run, blanking the Vaqueros, 36-0, in the teams' Pacific Coast League opener at Davidson Field.

"That's the way you want to start [league]," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said after the Sea Kings won on homecoming night. "We finished with a lot of momentum against Capo [a 43-14 nonleague win two weeks ago], then we had to get through the bye week, and now we've got the momentum rolling again."

Meyer said Moore tore his ACL in the win over Capistrano Valley, and had surgery on Wednesday. In Friday night's game, the Sea Kings moved junior Hoyt Crance inside; Crance typically plays outside linebacker.

Offensively, CdM did it largely by passing the ball, especially in the first half. Senior quarterback Luke Napolitano had 255 yards passing and three touchdowns, both season-highs. Junior receiver Cole Collins had six catches for 104 yards, and two of the scores were caught by junior receiver Bo St. Geme.

"Obviously we have a great running back in Cole Martin, and our line works hard every week," St. Geme said. "We get that going, but we kind of felt like we were a little bit too one-dimensional. Going into league, we focused on working on the passing game, opening it up and making it harder on defenses."

CdM (6-0) started a bit slow, with just a 3-0 lead after a quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Jason Neiger. But they went on an eight-play, 77-yard drive keyed by a fake punt to score their first touchdown against the Vaqueros (4-2).

It came on the ground, as Martin ran it in from 10 yards out with 7:07 left in the second quarter. Martin, who missed the Capo Valley game due to a sprained ankle, returned to record 102 rushing yards and a pair of scores.

But the Sea Kings kept things going through the air. Napolitano found senior tight end Braden Brahs on a 14-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. It gave CdM a 17-0 lead at halftime.

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