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Two-Minute Drill: CdM seeks perfection

Sea Kings looks to close out regular season 10-0 and then will pursue undefeated postseason run.

November 05, 2013

CORONA DEL MAR

•The Corona del Mar High football team clinched at least a share of its second straight Pacific Coast League title when it beat Beckman, 41-0, on Friday night at Davidson Field.

The Sea Kings (9-0, 4-0 in league), top-ranked in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, will return to their home field for the third time in four weeks this Friday. It will be senior night, and the Sea Kings want to clinch the title outright by beating Northwood (3-6, 2-2), and they will be big favorites to do just that.

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CdM has never finished a regular season 10-0 in program history. The closest team to regular-season perfection was the 1988 squad, coached by Dave Holland, which went 8-0-2 in the regular season, captured the Sea View League title and went on to win the CIF Southern Section Division IV crown.

"[We've won] 19 straight games now," junior lineman Justin Hess said. "It's really important to us [to finish strong]. We've had this mentality all year that we want to be the first team in CdM history to be undefeated in league and ongoing. That's been our goal, and we want to have a strong finish."

•A CdM coach received an ice water bath near the end of the dominant victory over Beckman, but it wasn't head coach Scott Meyer.

It was CdM receivers/special teams coach Brad Bohn. Meyer explained why after the game.

"He's been with us for two years, and he teaches over at Beckman," Meyer said. "It was kind of a special night for him against these guys."

Bohn teaches psychology at Beckman.

•Asked what CdM needed to clean up before the playoffs, Meyer did not hesitate to answer "penalties."

CdM had seven penalties for 75 yards. Two of them cost the Sea Kings touchdowns.

Junior cornerback Brett Greenlee's interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter was called back due to a block in the back. And, in the second quarter, junior safety Barrett Barbato also had a interception he returned for a touchdown, but it was called back due to holding.

"Way too many penalties," Meyer said, "and they're big ones. We've got look at the film and clean that up."

•Corona del Mar remains No. 1 in the CalHiSports.com CIF State Bowl Game Division III South Rankings. The rest of the top five, which features Tulare Mission Oak (9-0), Agoura Hills Oak Park (8-1), Monrovia (8-1) and Garden Grove (9-0), is unchanged as well.

— Matt Szabo

COSTA MESA

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