Peter Bush (10) is set to start at quarterback for Corona del Mar High.

Peter Bush (10) is set to start at quarterback for Corona del Mar High. (SCOTT SMELTZER, Daily Pilot / August 23, 2014)

  • Related
  • Topics
  • Football
  • High School Sports
  • College Sports
  • See more topics »

Coach Scott Meyer's Friday began in Long Beach, where he lives. He then drove to Corona del Mar High, where he's the football coach.

In the afternoon, Meyer went home. This time, he brought his entire team with him.

The site of CdM's evening scrimmage wasn't far from where Meyer resides. The Sea Kings' scrimmage took place at Long Beach Wilson, where Meyer went to school and played football, and later served as an assistant.

Meyer's family has a rich history at Long Beach Wilson. The stadium bears the name of his grandfather, Cliff Meyer, the captain of the first Long Beach Wilson football team in 1926.

This wasn't the first time Meyer faced his alma mater. He coached against Long Beach Wilson when he was in charge at Long Beach Jordan for six seasons.

The latest team Meyer brought to Long Beach Wilson has been far more successful than his former teams at Long Beach Jordan. The Sea Kings are coming off a 16-0 season, becoming the first program in the state to produce such a record, and a CIF State Division III Bowl Game win.

Family and friends of Meyer who also call Long Beach home came out to watch Meyer and his team in action. For the Sea Kings, they finally hit players other than themselves, a week before the real season starts against Carlsbad La Costa Canyon on Aug. 29 at San Diego Cathedral Catholic.

The Sea Kings enter the season not having dropped a game since Sept. 21, 2012. Their winning streak stands at 26 games, the longest current one in the state. Meyer, who enters his fourth season, has posted a 40-4 overall record with the Sea Kings, claiming two undefeated Pacific Coast League titles and three CIF Southern Section Southern Division titles.

"We know that the target just keeps getting bigger," said Meyer, whose team moves up to the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs, which is equivalent to Division 4.

"Our league opponents always want to knock us off. With this nonleague schedule [this year], I'm sure [rival Newport] Harbor has us circled on the calendar after [we beat the Sailors in the Battle of the Bay game] last year [for the first time since 2006]. El Toro, you know, we got them [last year, winning 24-21]. Dana Hills, Tesoro and La Costa Canyon, all higher division teams, they don't want to have a loss to us.

"That nonleague schedule kind of fires us up, and the chance to compete at a higher level in the playoffs [does as well]. It's going to be real, real challenging for us."

Meyer and the Sea Kings are up for the test. They return 10 starters on a stingy defense that allowed 9.6 points per game last season, but only three starters on offense. Below are the Sea Kings who Meyer will depend on all season.

Quarterback: Meyer has had a new starting quarterback in each of his four seasons. Next up is Peter Bush, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior.

Last year, Bush backed up Luke Napolitano, who set CdM single-season records for passing yards (2,645) and completions (197), while throwing for 25 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions.

The offense is going to ask Bush to run more than Napolitano. While Napolitano had speed, he picked his spots to run.

Bush and his backup, sophomore Chase Garbers, are more in the mold of Cayman Carter, CdM's physical running quarterback from two years ago, when he rushed for 1,073 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Running backs: Cole Martin is back after a record-breaking junior season, rushing 300 times for 1,870 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Meyer expects a big year out of Martin, a member of the All-State Medium Schools Third Team for juniors last season. Don't expect the senior's workload to increase, even though the backfield lost another standout, tailback Anthony Battista, who transferred to Tesoro in April.