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High School Football: CdM chases ring

Sea Kings, on quest for third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, face Garden Grove again.

December 05, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Five months ago, Corona del Mar High Coach Scott Meyer ran into Garden Grove Coach Willy Puga at a passing tournament. They exchanged hellos and talked for a minute.

Before they went their separate ways, Puga scheduled a meeting with Meyer for December.

"I expect to see you guys in the finals again," Meyer said Puga told him.

That time has come as the Sea Kings square off against the Argonauts in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division finale for the second straight season.

Top-seeded CdM and No. 2 Garden Grove enter Friday night's matchup at Orange Coast College at 7 with identical 13-0 records. One team will stay at the unlucky number.

The Sea Kings are looking to claim a third straight Southern Division crown. They and the Argonauts are not only playing for a section title, but also a berth into the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game, the play-in contest for the CIF State Division III Bowl Game.

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"I think we all know the opportunity if we win that we get to represent in the state, but we're not talking about it much," said Meyer, whose Sea Kings are ranked No. 1 in the CalHiSports.com CIF State Bowl Game Division III South poll and the Argonauts are No. 2. "Garden Grove definitely has our attention. We've got to play really well to get the win Friday and then we'll worry about any state game."

Meyer expects the second act against Garden Grove to be closer than last year's championship. The Sea Kings ran away with it, winning 35-10 to go back-to-back for the second time in the program's history.

They can make school history with a three-peat. The Sea Kings don't use "Three-peat" much, preferring to use "Chase the ring" whenever they end practices.

The saying works as CdM is motivated to finish on top, despite playing a 14-game schedule for the third year in a row. No one has challenged CdM this postseason. The Sea Kings have outscored their three opponents, 123-17.

The section title run by CdM is similar to the past two in which it has dominated. The only time CdM has come close to losing was in the section finale against Beckman in 2011, when the Sea Kings stuffed a two-point conversion run in the waning seconds to hold on for a 14-13 victory at OCC.

The Sea Kings return to the same stadium for a chance at another championship. Something about playing at OCC sticks out to Meyer. Maybe it's because Meyer's first title came in his inaugural season with the Sea Kings. The second title came at a different venue, Angel Stadium.

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