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High School Football: CdM's final challenge

Sea Kings' quest to complete Orange County's first 16-0 season will be difficult against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep.

December 18, 2013|By David Carrillo Peñaloza
  • Bo St. Geme (2) and Corona del Mar High have one more game, in the CIF State Football Championship Division III Bowl Game Saturday at noon at the StubHub Center in Carson.
Bo St. Geme (2) and Corona del Mar High have one more game,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Corona del Mar High's perfect run began one week after a scrimmage got out of control four months ago.

The Sea Kings wound up on the other end of illegal shots, as well as shoves long after the whistle blew. Then their coach, Scott Meyer, blew up.

"I kind of lost my cool a little bit there," Meyer said with a grin, remembering how the opposing coaches celebrated with their players on the field after every defensive play. "I don't know why. It was so early in the season."

The scrimmage against Fountain Valley turned out to be more of a circus to Meyer. He can laugh about it now, because in Orange County the only football show left is the one put on by CdM.

The Sea Kings can cap a historic season on the road by winning the CIF State Division III Bowl Game on Saturday at noon at the StubHub Center in Carson. They enter the contest against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep (13-1) with a perfect record.

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One more victory and CdM will be the first county team to go 16-0.

There are many factors as to why the Sea Kings are in the position they are in. They have a balanced offensive attack, which averages 216 yards on the ground and 178.5 yards through the air per game. They have come away with 30 turnovers on defense. They play well on special teams, having blocked three punts and three field goals.

Nevertheless, Meyer believes that that scrimmage on Aug. 23 affected the Sea Kings in a positive way. At the time, they fumed about the helmet-to-helmet hits, the antics on the field by Fountain Valley's coaches.

The Barons got the best of the Sea Kings and Meyer that evening. Afterward, an upset Meyer lashed out, saying the Barons acted as if they had just won the Super Bowl.

The Sea Kings are the ones who wound up playing an NFL-type schedule.

They are still competing because the Barons challenged the Sea Kings a week before their season opener. The Sea Kings needed it and they responded with an unprecedented season in which they have piled up titles, claiming the Pacific Coast League for the second straight year, the CIF Southern Section Southern Division for the third straight year, and the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game for the first time.

The next championship CdM can add to its trophy case is the ultimate one, coming in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game. Closing out the year with its first state football title will prove difficult for CdM.

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