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High School Football: CdM wins league

Sea Kings clinch at least a share of second straight league title after blasting Beckman.

November 01, 2013|By Matt Szabo

A firework randomly went off across the street from Davidson Field as the third quarter neared an end Friday night.

It was just a lone firework, but it still caused Corona del Mar High football announcer Gary Almquist to proclaim, "Disneyland comes to Newport Beach!"

The Sea Kings had all the fireworks anyone could need on the field. There will be bigger and more difficult goals in the coming weeks, but they sure knew how to celebrate winning its second straight Pacific Coast League title Friday night.

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The Corona del Mar players jumped up and down spiritedly near the west end zone after posting a 41-0 victory over Beckman. They clinched at least a share of the league title, as well as the league's top designation for the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs since they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against second-place Irvine.

What's not to like these days for the two-time defending Southern Division champions? They added to their school-record winning streak by winning their 19th straight game overall, and ninth straight in league.

"The goal was a league title," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said. "We've got to just clean it up next week. It's senior night next week [against Northwood], so we want to have one more great night and go through our league with a perfect record, obviously.

"The seniors kind of set a goal of going undefeated. Obviously, we want to build momentum going into playoffs ... it would be a great goal for the guys [to go 10-0], but obviously we have some games down the road that we'd like to win as well."

CdM (9-0, 4-0 in league), the top-ranked team in the Southern Division, has been outright dominant in league. The Sea Kings have outscored their four opponents by a combined 126-10.

Behind an all-junior defensive line of Harrison Carter, Justin Hess, Mat Flores and Parker Chase, CdM shut down Beckman's running attack until garbage time late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots (4-5, 1-3) had 17 carries for 38 yards in the first half. Twenty-five of those yards came on one play, a run by Tyler Geurts.

"It feels so great," Hess said. "I mean, we've been winning all of these games together as a team. It's really exciting to keep the [19-game winning] streak alive and beat Beckman. They've kind of been our rivals in the past."

CdM opened the scoring on its first drive, as senior quarterback Luke Napolitano hit senior tight end Braden Brahs on a 13-yard touchdown pass over the middle.

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