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Crance, CdM's man in the middle

Daily Pilot High School Football Player of the Week

Sea Kings junior moves over to middle linebacker, where he has been making plays, as he did last week.

October 24, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Don Leach / Daily…)

*This post has been corrected

The way Coach Scott Meyer describes two of his linebackers you begin to think he is talking about the same player.

"Really smart, really good at communicating, really active, and really good at football," Meyer says of Hoyt Crance and Hugh Crance.

Hoyt and Hugh also happen to be fraternal twin brothers.

They play right next to each other on Corona del Mar High's defense, Hoyt in the middle and Hugh at outside. They go to school together, Hugh drives and Hoyt sits shotgun because Hugh has a parking pass near the pool.

Parking at CdM is like trying to score a touchdown on CdM's defense. It can be a struggle.

Hoyt and Hugh also take the same first three classes together. They don't sit next to each other, though.

The brothers are competitive. Just last week, during a Pacific Coast League game against Woodbridge, they got into a verbal fight.

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"I wrapped up one of their running backs and kind of slid off him, and then my brother came in to finish the tackle, but he missed and he just dove right into me," Hoyt says. "I just kind of got mad at him."

Hugh apologized.

"I missed. It won't happen again," Hoyt says Hugh told him.

On the next play, Hugh jumped offside during a punt.

"I kind of rolled my eyes at him," Hoyt says. "He started yelling at me."

Hugh is the oldest, barely by a minute. Nevertheless, out of the two, Hoyt is the one who has been playing on varsity the longest.

Hoyt is in his second year as a starter, and again he's making a difference for the Sea Kings. Since last year, when the Sea Kings called up Hoyt from junior varsity, CdM hasn't lost a game.

The Sea Kings made it 17 straight wins with a 14-7 road victory against Woodbridge last week. Hoyt helped set up a score when he intercepted a pass. Later on, he recovered a fumble to stop a drive, and at the end, he collected an onside kick, allowing the Sea Kings to run the clock out and extend the school's longest winning streak.

As a junior, CdM (7-0, 2-0 in league) is asking Hoyt to do more and he's delivering as he leads the team with 44 tackles. He also moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker after Alex Moore, an All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division performer, went down with a knee injury on Sept. 27.

Moore made it out to practice on Wednesday, marking two weeks since he underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior crucial ligament and meniscus. The day also happened to be Meyer's 49th birthday.

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