Corona del Mar High moved closer to finishing unbeaten in the Pacific Coast League for the second time in three football seasons.
The Sea Kings shut out host Irvine, 41-0, Thursday to improve to 3-0 in league play. With two league games left, CdM is in first place and ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.
The Sea Kings (6-2), have alienated each of their first three league opponents, outscoring them, 132-34.
CdM plays host to Woodbridge (4-4, 2-1) Friday at Newport Harbor High at 7 p.m. Woodbridge shares second place in league with Northwood (3-5, 2-1).
After the Irvine game, Coach Scott Meyer reminded his Sea Kings that the Warriors were picked to win the league title before the season.
With a win against Woodbridge, the Sea Kings can clinch at least a share of the league crown.
Newport Harbor finds itself one game out of first place in the Sunset League and closer to making it back to the playoffs.
The host Sailors rallied Friday to beat Huntington Beach, 20-17, for their second straight league triumph.
The victories have been close, each by fewer than seven points, and they have put Newport Harbor (4-4, 2-1 in league) in the driver seat to clinch one of the league's three guaranteed CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoff berths.
The Sailors are tied for second with Los Alamitos (6-2, 2-1) and Huntington Beach (4-4, 2-1). They hold the head-to-head advantage with the Oilers.
Next for Newport Harbor, ranked No. 8 in the Southwest Division, is a home game against Marina (3-5, 0-3) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Since the Sailors returned to the Sunset League six years ago, they have not lost to Marina.
The Sailors close out league play against Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach on Nov. 1.
The big game this week is Huntington Beach at home against Los Alamitos. If the Griffins win, Huntington Beach is most likely out of the race for one of the league's three playoff entries.
The Oilers would then need one of the Southwest Division's two at-large playoff berths.
Estancia was able to earn a much-needed 34-18 victory over Godinez on Friday at Segerstom High. The victory lifted the Eagles (5-3, 2-1) into a second-place tie in the Orange Coast League with the Grizzlies.
Coach Mike Bargas is concerned, however, about a barrage of injuries that continued Friday. Bargas said senior center Alex Lopez and senior lineman/kicker Dan Cabrera both suffered ankle injuries, though Cabrera maintained his kicking duties throughout the game.
Bargas said junior Mark Velasquez moved to center. With the Eagles also without offensive lineman/linebacker Adahir Aguilera (knee) on Friday, Bargas said sophomores Brian Southwick and Michael Hubbard have been playing extensively on the offensive line. Lopez and Aguilera were the two returning starters this year on the offensive line.
The line appeared to handle the adjustments just fine, giving quarterback Brad Wilson ample time to throw and allowing senior tailback Robert Murtha to rush for 167 yards and one touchdown.
"[Lopez] has been our mainstay, so we had to move Velasquez," Bargas said. "It's all been band-aided and duct-taped up ... We've got a lot of guys banged up. I just feel like we're a little snake-bitten on the injuries, but it's always nice to come out with a win."
The Costa Mesa High offense had not only its most productive night of the season in Friday's 58-12 Orange Coast League home win over Saddleback, but also its most efficient.