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Corona del Mar captures third straight CIF title

High School Football

Another dominating effort against Garden Grove leads to a 42-21 victory; berth in CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game likely awaits.

December 06, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High football players celebrate as they hold up their third straight championship plaque after beating Garden Grove, 42-21, in a CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship game at LeBard Stadium in Costa Mesa on Friday.
Corona del Mar High football players celebrate as they… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Everything seemed to be going as planned for the Corona del Mar High football team Friday night. The Sea Kings had been on this stage before, as they made their third straight trip to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division finals.

For the second consecutive year and against the same opponent, CdM jumped out to a fast start against Garden Grove. Then the penalties began to pile up, seven for 80 yards. The biggest one came with less than 8 minutes left in the first half, as the usually respectful CdM sideline erupted and for the wrong reason.

An adult on CdM's sideline was tossed from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct after he kept barking at one of the referees. As the man walked away, the momentum began to shift toward Garden Grove. The Argonauts went on tie the game right before halftime.

At the break, CdM Coach Scott Meyer told his players to settle down. The Sea Kings weren't going to let an old man ruin their night. They responded in the second half in a huge way to continue a perfect season.

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Top-seeded CdM went on take it to second-seeded Garden Grove, winning, 42-21, at Orange Coast College and giving the Sea Kings three section titles in a row. The Sea Kings made history and they have reeled off 24 straight wins since last season.

"Unbelievable feeling," Meyer said as fans rushed the field to celebrate with him, his coaches and his players. "Our guys withstood [the penalties] and came back and had a great second half."

The season ends for CdM (14-0), if not for two remarkable performances turned in by sophomore tailback Anthony Battista and junior defensive end Parker Chase. By handing Garden Grove its first setback of the year, the Sea Kings appear to be on their way to next week's CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game, the play-in contest for the CIF State Division III Bowl Game.

Battista was shifty, scoring 20- and 41-yard touchdowns on his first two runs. He finished with 11 carries for 163 yards, most of the work — 143 yards to be exact — coming in the second half.

While the Argonauts failed to catch Battista before he was downfield in the final two quarters, Chase was in pursuit of quarterback Angel Martinez. He sacked him four times in the second half. Two of those sacks came on consecutive plays, at a time CdM led, 28-21, with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter.

"I need to get to the ball," Chase said of what was the mentality he had before the start of the second half.

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