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High School Football: CdM pulls away

Blocked field goal helps Sea Kings gain momentum, and they shut down University to improve to 3-0 in league.

October 25, 2013|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — About 20 minutes before game time Friday night, the University High football announcer offered a quick preview of the Trojans' Pacific Coast League game against visiting Corona del Mar.

"From what I hear, we're probably going to have a running clock in the second half," the announcer said out loud.

This never became the case. University, a big underdog, battled CdM gamely for much of the game.

It wasn't enough to stop the Sea Kings.

Junior Brett Greenlee scored a big special teams touchdown right before halftime and CdM won, 35-3, spoiling the Trojans' homecoming night.

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CdM (8-0, 3-0 in league), the top-ranked, two-time defending champion of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, extended its program-record winning streak to 18 games. The Sea Kings also won their eighth straight league game, staying a game up in league on both Woodbridge and Irvine. The Warriors and Vaqueros are both 2-1 in league after each team won Friday night, but CdM has already beaten both teams.

But the Sea Kings' lead against Uni could have been cut to just eight points right before halftime. The Trojans trailed 14-3, but seemed to have momentum after successfully executing a fake punt moments earlier.

This time, sophomore kicker Rio Gibson lined up for a 47-yard field goal, but Greenlee had other ideas. He blocked the attempt, scooped up the ball around midfield and was gone, giving CdM a 21-7 lead just seven seconds before intermission.

It was Greenlee's third blocked field goal of his career, and second that he's returned for a touchdown.

"It was just getting off the ball, anticipating the snap," Greenlee said. "Without a doubt [it gave us momentum]. Our offense came out strong and played really well, and we just had to keep it rolling."

Said CdM Coach Scott Meyer: "That was big. He's kind of got a knack for that. It was 14-3, and we had moved the ball pretty well but only gotten 14 points out of it. That extra touchdown did give us a little bit of momentum. It was a big sigh of relief to open it up a little bit right before half, and know that we were going to get the ball to start the second [half]."

University (2-6, 0-3) set up its only points of the game late in the first quarter. The Trojans got a 54-yard completion from junior quarterback Wes Jordan to senior tight end to Anthony Montoya, who broke a tackle near midfield and rumbled to the CdM 20-yard line. Four plays later, Gibson booted a 32-yard field goal.

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