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High School Football: CdM back in final

Sea Kings breeze past Westminster, setting up rematch with Garden Grove for Southern Division title.

November 29, 2013|By Matt Szabo

WESTMINSTER — The first halftime song to play Friday night at Westminster High was "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.

The host Lions may not have stopped believing, but like 22 teams before them, their resistance was futile against the Corona del Mar High football team. The belief got a little more far-fetched after CdM junior running back Cole Martin ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, as well as every time the Sea Kings stopped scrambling Westminster quarterback Daniel Thomsen for a minimal gain.

Top-seeded CdM excelled on offense and defense, putting together a 37-14 victory over the No. 4-seeded Lions in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal playoff game. CdM, the two-time defending Southern Division champion, will play second-seeded Garden Grove in the championship game Dec. 6. Garden Grove beat Irvine, 49-27, in another semifinal game.

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The championship game is a rematch of last year's title game won by CdM, 35-10, at Angel Stadium. Coach Scott Meyer said this year's game would be played at Orange Coast College.

"The defense has been unbelievable all year long, and the offense too," said Meyer, whose team extended to a school record 33-game winning streak. "[Tonight] we start the game with a score, and come and out start the third quarter with a score. We get up on teams, and it helps our defense even more. It's just been a great team run, especially the last few weeks."

Westminster (8-5) put together its best offensive effort on its opening drive. The Lions went 10 plays, driving the ball as far as the CdM 20-yard line. But the drive stalled, and a 32-yard field goal attempt was eventually missed wide left.

The Sea Kings (13-0) responded with an eight-play drive, sparked by a 30-yard completion from senior quarterback Luke Napolitano to junior receiver Max Chozen. On third-and-goal from the four-yard line, Napolitano found senior tight end Connor Sage to give the Sea Kings the early advantage.

CdM's next two drives ended on a punt and a turnover-on-downs. But midway through the second quarter, the defense got on the board. Junior cornerback Chad Redfearn easily intercepted Thomsen's pass at the Westminster 46 near his own sideline, before running into the middle of the field. He eventually made his way to the Lions' sideline, where a couple of teammates provided a caravan into the end zone.

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