The touchdown by Garden Grove came with 6:53 left to play and the game already decided. Meyer said he felt the Sea Kings had the title wrapped up in the fourth quarter, after senior Cayman Carter's second one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown gave CdM a 32-3 lead.
With how stingy CdM's defense has played, Meyer said there was no way the Argonauts could come back. The Sea Kings held Garden Grove to almost 30 fewer points than its per-game average going into Saturday.
The Argonauts were no stranger to being on the big stage. They played in their third Southern Division final in four years. The latest was their lowest offensive output.
Garden Grove had a chance to cut the deficit to 14-7 midway through the second quarter. The offense reached the Sea Kings' one, only to settle for a 24-yard field goal.
The biggest field goal belonged to CdM kicker Griff Amies and it came almost 31/2 minutes into the fourth quarter. The senior converted a 43-yard try, giving him 22 field goals for the year and tying him for the state single-season record.
Amies might have broken the mark, if it wasn't for a roughing-the-kicker penalty on Garden Grove that gave CdM a first down late in the first half. Instead of settling for Amies' 25-yard field goal and a 19-3 lead, the offense accepted the penalty and came back onto the field.
Facing a first-and-goal at the four, CdM ran Carter, who led the team with 21 rushes for 68 yards. With seven seconds left before halftime, the Sea Kings decided to run another play, rather than kick a field goal.
"We decided to take a shot [at a touchdown]," Meyer said. "[Amies is] more happy to have that CIF ring than [breaking] the [state] record [for most field goals in a season]."
Wide receiver Troy Reese said Carter, who threw for 203 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-27 passing, and seniors like Chris Johnstone (four catches for 103 yards) wanted to go for a touchdown as well.
"We just threw it up to me and good things happen[ed]," Reese said.
Good things do happen right before halftime of section title games whenever CdM goes to Reese. The 6-foot-4 Reese also caught a touchdown pass with two seconds to go in the first half of last year's section championship game.
The latest opportunity for Reese was a jump ball Carter threw in the corner of the end zone. With two defenders on the senior, Reese came down with the ball for a six-yard score with three seconds left, giving CdM a 23-3 lead.
"I guess I just had to do the same thing this year," Reese said with a big smile, as he and his teammates walked off the field as champions again.
CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs
Corona del Mar 35, Garden Grove 10
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