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Perfect Kings of State

Corona del Mar completes historic 16-0 season and captures CIF State Division III championship with 27-15 win.

December 21, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Bo St. Geme (2) dives in for the first touchdown of the game during the first half against Sacred Heart Prep in the 2013 CIF State Football Division III Bowl Championship Game at StubHub Center in Carson on Saturday. (Kevin Chang/ Daily Pilot)
Corona del Mar High's Bo St. Geme (2) dives in for… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

CARSON — Every time Corona del Mar High broke a huddle, players said, "Rock and roll." The words are what the Sea Kings heard the night before they attempted to make history on a football field on Saturday afternoon.

Over a team dinner in the Port Streets neighborhood in Newport Beach, those words carried over to the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson. The words came from Terry Donahue, UCLA's former football coach who lives on Balboa Island. He gave the Sea Kings the blueprint for success in a big game — focus, execute, impose your will, have fun, and rock and roll.

The Sea Kings ran with Donahue's message, letting it all hang out when they reached the biggest stage of their season. The Sea Kings earned the right to party afterward like rock stars, beating Atherton Sacred Heart Prep, 27-15, to become the first high school football team in California to finish a season 16-0.

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Perfect is how CdM capped its historic season. The ride has been a magical one for Coach Scott Meyer, his staff, his players and all of the school's supporters.

Meyer has led the program to unprecedented success — two undefeated Pacific Coast League titles, three CIF Southern Section Southern Division titles, a CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game title, a CIF State Division III Bowl Game title and a 40-4 overall record — in his three years in charge. The third season turned out to be the longest and Meyer and the Sea Kings conquered it.

Donahue's talk to the team inspired CdM to secure its place in history.

"He did a fantastic job closing out [our Friday team dinner]," said Meyer, who on game day rehashed to his players what Donahue said. "We had focused all year long, we focused all week, and let's go out and play with perfect execution, and at some point we need to impose our will and finish the game. Then let's make sure we have fun and take it all in. I think we did a pretty good job for the day."

Donahue agreed with Meyer on how his Sea Kings performed against Sacred Heart Prep (13-2) as they pushed their school-best winning streak to 26 games. John Griffin, the father of senior safety Charlie Griffin, relayed a message from Donahue to Meyer after the game.

"Terry Donahue just called," John told Meyer. "He said, 'Thank you for not screwing up his pre-game speech.'"

Meyer broke out laughing. From the way the game began, it appeared nothing could ruin CdM's special day.

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