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High School Football: Perfection continues

Undefeated CdM makes its state playoffs debut with a regional Division III bowl game against Ojai Nordhoff on Saturday.

December 11, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

At this point in the football season, 18 weeks in, Corona del Mar High has shortened its practices. The Sea Kings have entered unchartered territory this late in the year, yet there is no need for long, grueling practices.

"If we can't tackle, throw or catch right now, we've got issues," CdM Coach Scott Meyer says. "I think having that bye week early in the season, before [opening Pacific Coast League play on Oct. 11], kind of gave us all a good break to catch our breath a little bit."

Since that week off two months ago, the Sea Kings continued their perfect season, never losing in the next nine games. The stretch after the bye has been almost as long as a regular season.

The Sea Kings aren't finished playing. At least one more contest remains. The next contest is Saturday and it marks the school's 15th of the year.

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No other CdM football team has made it this far. The Sea Kings (14-0) are in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game to play Ojai Nordhoff (13-1) at Orange Coast College at 7:30 p.m.

Since Sunday, Meyer and his staff and players have researched their next opponent. They knew their first 14 opponents, having played most of them the year before and all were from Orange County.

As for the upcoming opponent, CdM is still breaking down Nordhoff. The school is 125 miles away from CdM, more than a 2-hour drive away.

"I've kind of driven by there," Meyer says of the remote town in Ventura County. "I haven't stopped and stayed there, but I know where it is."

Meyer is learning that Nordhoff is a reputable program.

Like CdM, Nordhoff has posted a 26-2 record in two years. Like CdM, Nordhoff defended a CIF Southern Section title last week.

While the Sea Kings claimed their third straight Southern Division crown, the Rangers won their second Northwest Division championship in a row. The teams earned the chance to meet one another for a shot to advance to the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson on Dec. 21.

"It's been so much for fun all of us, coaches, players, [because] not a whole lot of high school teams are still playing," says Meyer, whose school is selling pre-sale tickets for the game in the campus parking lot next to the pool on Thursday from 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. "If we could [win] this one this week and then finish at the StubHub [Center], that would be a pretty good way to cap off the season.

"It'd be kind of cool to be able to roll right into the Christmas holiday playing football."

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