CORONA DEL MAR
•Two-time defending CIF Southern Section Southern Division champion Corona del Mar High kicked off the season with a convincing 35-0 shutout of Pacifica at Davidson Field last week.
The Sea Kings, ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division poll, won their 11th straight game dating back to last season. The winning streak matches the program's longest in school history.
The last time CdM reeled off 11 consecutive wins was during the 1988 and '89 seasons.
The Sea Kings have a shot to break the mark when they travel to Laguna Hills this Friday. The game is the first of three straight road games for CdM.
•Cole Martin is going to be the Sea Kings' featured back after sharing the duties last season.
The junior showed he could handle it in the season opener, as he turned in a career night, rushing for 202 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's going to get a heavy dose of carries," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said of Martin, who carried the ball 18 times.
Martin produced 139 yards and two touchdowns in his first 12 carries, all in the first half.
Martin's backups, junior Hugh Crance and sophomore Anthony Battista, rushed for 45 and 43, yards respectively. As a team, CdM rushed 33 times for 304 yards.
"Our [offensive] line … blocked so hard," said Martin, referring to left tackle Quinn Bassler, left guard Michael Pierotti, center Giovanni Gentosi, right guard Brett Olson and right tackle Ian Redman.
•The Sea Kings' defense continues to create havoc for offenses.
Going back to last season, CdM has blanked four of its last five opponents. Seven players that started the team's Southern Division title game against Garden Grove last year return and many of those players made things difficult for Pacifica.
Junior defensive end Parker Chase, who started at times last year, registered four sacks, senior middle linebacker Alex Moore delivered big hits, finishing with nine total tackles, and senior safety Charlie Griffin broke up passes, including one in the end zone right before halftime.
The Sea Kings sacked Pacific quarterback Nick Howard five times, and only allowed him to complete 14 of 34 passes for 181 yards. In the second half, Howard was two of 14 for 21 yards.
Pacifica rushed 25 times and gained only 45 yards.
•Senior running back/linebacker Oronde Crenshaw was simply electric for the Mustangs in their 42-32 season-opening loss at Western on Friday night. Crenshaw had kickoff returns for 87, 87 and 89 yards, each one going for a touchdown. He had a total of 299 kickoff return yards on five returns, and also rushed for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also led the Mustangs in tackles, with the public-address announcer seemingly calling his name on every other play.
Crenshaw's first rushing touchdown gave Costa Mesa its only lead of the game in the first quarter. It came from 13 yards out on a fourth-and-two play. Crenshaw met a Western defensive back at the goal line and simply barreled him over, eliciting "Ooh" sounds from the Western fans.