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Corona del Mar smashes Irvine

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

IRVINE – Corona del Mar rolled over Irvine, 70-6, on Thursday to secure the outright Pacific Coast League title. It is the seventh straight season the Sea Kings have won the league title.

Cal commit Chase Garbers racked up 414 passing yards, passed for four scores and added one on the ground.

Corona del Mar (9-1, 5-0) is ranked third in CIF-SS Division 4 and should open the playoffs next week with a home game.

After winning a CIF and state title in 2013, Corona del Mar has been knocked out of the playoffs in the second round each of the last two seasons.

“This football team has been waiting for the CIF playoffs for 12 months,” said CdM coach Dan O’Shea. “Every night we go to sleep, and every morning we wake up, this team is thinking about those two losses the last two years. We got work to do but we’re going to make it right.”

Garbers spread the ball around, completing passes to eight different receivers.

The Sea Kings, ranked ninth in the county, scored two plays into the game, with Garbers completing a screen to Jaydin Moses, who took it 84 yards for a score.

After a three-and-out by the Vaqueros (2-7-1, 1-4), Corona del Mar scored three plays later, this time on a 20-yard run by J.T. Murphy.

After another Irvine punt, Garbers hooked up with Tae Le for a 3-yard score, Le’s 17th touchdown catch of the year. Garbers followed it up with a 15-yard rushing touchdown to push Corona del Mar’s lead to 29-0.

Quarterback Robert Rahimi scrambled for a 79-yard touchdown run up the middle for Irvine’s only score on the following drive. Corona del Mar followed that with six consecutive touchdowns.

After Garbers was lifted, sophomore backup D.J. Rodman scored on a 42-yard run to push the Seak Kings lead to 70-6.

After dropping the season opener to Palos Verdes, 42-20, Corona del Mar has beaten its next eight opponents by 18 points or more, and by an average margin of 35.

Corona del Mar was even better in league, where the average score was 51-9.


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