Corona del Mar quarterback Cayman Carter finds a hole to run through on a quarterback keeper in Friday's playoff game against Los Amigos at Bolsa Grande High.

Corona del Mar works hard for victory


GARDEN GROVE - For the second year in a row, Los Amigos' football season ended at the hands of Corona del Mar in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

Friday night's result was a far cry from 2011, as the defending champion Sea Kings broke open a tight game in the third quarter at Bolsa Grande High and held on for a 26-0 victory over the Lobos.

Troy Reese, Corona del Mar's top receiver, was shut out in a first half as the Sea Kings led, 7-0, despite Los Amigos having the better of the play.

But Reese caught four passes for 77 yards, including a 5-yard TD from Cayman Carter, as the Sea Kings (10-2) took control.

"They played really hard," Corona del Mar coach Scott Meyer said of the Lobos, who finished 8-4. "They played really well, hit some key third downs in the first half, and kept our offense off the field."

Corona del Mar eliminated Los Amigos, 45-7, in the second round last year en route to the division title. In the first half of the rematch, the Lobos outgained the Sea Kings, 163 yards to 146.

"Everyone tells me it was better than last year," Los Amigos coach Carl Agnew said. "But I feel so bad for our seniors ... they worked so hard.

"We had them on the ropes (in the first half). We threw our best punches, and couldn't knock them out.

"Corona del Mar played a great game. That's why they're the champs."

Los Amigos had the momentum early. Thanks to two big receptions by Noe Perez, the Lobos drove to the Corona del Mar 9 when a center-quarterback exchange with a slippery football went awry. Hoyt Crance recovered for the Sea Kings.

"The fumble when they were going in, that was the turning point," Meyer said.

Corona del Mar finally put together a 60-yard drive, culminating in the second quarter on the first of two 1-yard TD sneaks by Carter. And, in the third quarter, the Sea Kings took advantage of a bad punt snap by Los Amigos to score nine quick points on a safety, and Carter's second TD sneak.

Los Amigos' Jerry Saldivar, held to minus-14 yards by Corona del Mar last year, rushed for 105 in this one.

The Sea Kings advance to a semifinal matchup against Woodbridge at Irvine High on Friday.

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