4:16 PM PST, November 26, 2012
Another game in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs resulted in a Corona del Mar High shutout.
The top-seeded Sea Kings blanked Woodbridge, 25-0, in the semifinals Friday night at Irvine High, making it three straight shutouts by CdM in the postseason.
The last time the Sea Kings held the opposition scoreless in their first three playoff games was in 1989, the same year they went on to complete back-to-back section title runs. CdM is in that position again.
CdM gets to defend its Southern Division title against third-seeded Garden Grove (11-2) Saturday at Angel Stadium at 2 p.m. The Argonauts advanced to their third Southern Division title game in four years after knocking off second-seeded Laguna Beach, 35-21, in the semifinals.
"That was our whole motto all year was to stay hungry," CdM defensive end Tim Reinhardt said. "We did the work. Now we got the results from it."
The Sea Kings' defense has outscored the opposition during the playoffs, recording a safety and a pick six in three games, while the opponents have zero to show.
CdM intercepted two passes – one returned for a touchdown – and recovered a fumble against the Warriors.
Defensive end Greg Williford caught a tipped pass by linebacker Hoyt Crance and raced into the end zone for a 21-yard score. The touchdown came 14 seconds after CdM tailback Kai Wilson (17 carries for 186 yards and two touchdowns) rushed for a 49-yard touchdown with 3:31 left in the second quarter.
CdM, which went into halftime with a 16-0 lead, only allowed one big play in the first half. The play was a 47-yard run by running back Austin DeFreitas and it accounted for more than half of the Warriors' offense in the first half.
The Sea Kings allowed only 89 yards of offense in the first half, 170 (100 rushing and 70 passing) for the game.
DeFreitas, who went into the game as the No. 2 rusher in Orange County, carried the ball 16 times for 71 yards, almost 100 yards below his per-game average.
Woodbridge's passing game struggled as well after quarterback Matt Callahan left the game in the first quarter. Reinhardt hit Callahan right after he threw an incomplete pass.
Backup Michael Pritchett replaced Callahan. He completed the team's first pass at the 5:27 mark of the second quarter. The pass went for one yard.
Grif Amies gave CdM a 3-0 lead against Woodbridge three minutes into the second quarter by converting a 47-yard field goal. He also moved closer to the CIF State single-season record of 22 successful field goals.
Amies, a senior, also made a field-goal attempt from 40 yards late in the fourth quarter, giving him 21 for the year.
Amies is two field goals away from breaking the state mark held by Chris Sailer of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. He set it in 1994.
The single-season national record is 25 set by Cole Hedlund of Argyle (Texas) last year.
Quarterback Cayman Carter is three completions away from breaking CdM's single-season record of 153 completions.
The senior has completed 151 of 264 passes for 2,007 yards and 16 touchdowns, with six interceptions.
Brent Lawson holds the CdM record for completions in a season, as well as the single-season records for yards (2,519) and touchdowns (27), all of which he set last year as a senior.
— David Carrillo Peñaloza