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High School Football Preview: Corona del Mar vs. Westminster

November 29, 2013

Corona del Mar (12-0) vs. Westminster (8-4)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Westminster High

Key Sea Kings: Sr. QB Luke Napolitano (2,152 yards passing, 20 TDs, eight INTs); Jr. RB Cole Martin (219 carries for 1,438 yards and 19 TDs); Jr. DE Parker Chase (67 tackles, team-best 9.5 quarterback sacks).

Key Lions: Sr. QB Daniel Thomsen (1,105 yards passing, seven TDs, nine INTs; 1,547 yards rushing and 22 TDs); Jr. RB Humberto Maciel (1,364 yards rushing, 16 TDs); Sr. LB Joseph Perez.

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Breakdown: Top-seeded Corona del Mar meets No. 4-seeded Westminster in a CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal playoff game ... The Sea Kings, the two-time defending Southern Division champions, have won a program-record 22 straight games, including 10 straight playoff games, after last week's 42-0 thrashing of Los Amigos ... Napolitano has been hot in the Sea Kings' first two playoff games, passing for a combined 508 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions ... Westminster got to the semifinals by beating another Pacific Coast League team, Woodbridge, by a 21-14 score in the quarterfinals ... The Lions held off a Woodbridge fourth-quarter rally, recovering a fumble in the end zone in the final minute after Woodbridge had driven to the one-yard line ... Westminster Coach Ted McMillen, in his 17th year, has led the Lions to the CIF semifinals for the first time since 1985 ... Thomsen is a dangerous dual threat with more than 2,600 all-purpose yards ... CdM and Westminster meet for the first time since the 2011 playoffs, when the Sea Kings rolled, 43-7, in a first-round matchup ... Friday night's winner will play either No. 2 Garden Grove or No. 3 Irvine for the championship on Dec. 6 ... CdM, the top-ranked team in the CalHiSports.com CIF State Bowl Game Division III South rankings, also is ranked No. 24 in the state by the same website.

— Matt Szabo

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