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Corona del Mar dives in, beats El Toro
MISSION VIEJO – Corona del Mar is the two-time defending CIF-SS Southern Division champion for a reason.
The Sea Kings don't get intimidated.
There was plenty to be intimidated about playing El Toro and its high-powered no-huddle offense on the road. The Chargers play in the South Coast League and the Pac-5 Division, which is arguably the toughest division in the state, but Corona del Mar was up to the challenge.
It took an amazing dive from Brett Greenlee to block El Toro kicker Aaron Ball's 30-yard field-goal try as time expired to give the Sea Kings a 24-21 nonleague victory on Friday night at Trabuco Hills High.
“We watched him in warm-ups and he's got a big leg,” Greenlee said. “We called the two timeouts to figure it out and get everything together and figure out what we wanted to do. And everyone executed their plans perfectly.
“I mean, it was insane. It was a huge rush. I just did my job and executed perfectly.”
The Sea Kings, ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division, improved to 3-0 heading into next Friday's showdown against arch-nemesis Newport Harbor at Orange Coast College.
“You guys have 2 hours and 22 minutes to enjoy this,” Sea Kings coach Scott Meyer told his players after the game. “Then we start focusing on Newport Harbor.”
El Toro quarterback Trey Tinsley completed 19 of 35 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. His 5-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Collins cut Corona del Mar's lead to 24-21 with 3:34 remaining. The defense made a big stop and got the ball back with 2:31 remaining. El Toro faced a fourth-and-23 from its own 20 on the final drive and Tinsley connected with Taylor Dodds, who lateralled to Brandan Lane on a hook-and-ladder play that went for 30 yards. But the Chargers' magic ran out on the game's final play.
Corona del Mar quarterback Luke Napoltano was 16 of 25 for 212 yards and a touchdown and an interception.
Cole Collins finished with six catches for 134 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown. Cole Martin had 31 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown.
It was the first meeting between the two schools since El Toro beat the Sea Kings, 20-17, in 2007.
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