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CdM runs PCL streak to 16 with win over Woodbridge
IRVINE Corona del Mar started what it hopes is another Pacific Coast League title-winning season with a victory on Friday.
But it wasn't easy. The Sea Kings needed a strong second-half effort to earn a 28-14 win over Woodbridge at University High.
Corona del Mar (4-2, 1-0) has won the last three league titles in a row and is now riding a 16-game league win streak.
"They do (have to come after us)," Corona del Mar coach Dan O'Shea said in reference to his team being the defending champ. "But we aren't playing the way we want to yet. We have to clean up the penalties."
Corona del Mar had more than 100 yards in penalties on the night.
The Sea Kings still made big plays when they needed to for the win.
It started early when Dean Ames recovered a Woodbridge fumble at the 38-yard line less than two minutes in.
After Chase Garbers threw a 37-yard pass to Jack Blower, Jaydin Moses punched it in from 1 for a 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, Sutty Barbato picked up a Woodbridge fumble and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown and the Sea Kings were up, 14-0.
Woodbridge (2-4, 0-1) battled back behind a strong run game with its wildcat sets on offense. The Warriors went on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Connor McBride. Woodbridge trailed, 14-7, with 9:56 left in the second quarter.
The Warriors tied it at 14-14 after Chase Bradley found Jared Kaleikini open for a 1-yard TD pass with 29 seconds left in the half.
Corona del Mar's response came on its opening possession of the third quarter. Garbers completed an eight-play, 65-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Sea Kings the lead for good.
Garbers had quite a night, passing for 223 yards and rushing for another 80 yards.
Woodbridge was led by McBride, who rushed for 169 yards on 35 carries.