CORONA DEL MAR
The Battle of the Bay trophy is finally back at Corona del Mar High.
The Sea Kings ended the Sailors' six-year reign in the football rivalry, pounding them, 34-14, in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,600 at Orange Coast College.
Only one team had beat CdM during the past two years in which the Sea Kings won consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division titles. The Sailors fell way short of knocking off CdM again as the Sea Kings shut them down in the second half.
The Sea Kings ripped off their 14th straight victory dating back to last season. They came back from a 14-7 deficit at halftime.
The triumph was CdM's 14th against Newport Harbor. The Sailors have won 38 of the 52 matchups against the Sea Kings.
"I'm so happy for our seniors, all of our guys," CdM Coach Scott Meyer. "It's been a long time coming."
Meyer's program came close to defeating the Sailors in each of the past two seasons, only to lose, 27-26, in 2012, and lose, 29-26, in 2011.
"We got the win [Friday night], but we just got to continue with the rest of the year," Meyer said. "This doesn't define our season. It's a great win, but we've got to keep playing."
•The Sea Kings this Friday will face the only other team, beside Newport Harbor, that they lost to last year.
CdM (4-0), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, plays host to Capistrano Valley (3-1), ranked No. 9 in the Southwest Division, at Davidson Field at 7 p.m.
Capistrano Valley is the second straight Southwest Division ranked opponent to face CdM.
Last year, CdM lost at Capistrano Valley, 24-7. Since that setback, the Sea Kings haven't lost. They are on a school-best 14-game winning streak.
•The previous seven times CdM prevailed against Newport Harbor, the Sea Kings went on to reach the playoffs each time.
After three of those losses to the Sea Kings, the Sailors missed the postseason.
•Hoyt Crance, an outside linebacker, intercepted a pass late in the third quarter, helping CdM take its first lead.
The turnover led to the Sea Kings going ahead, 21-14. The turnover was also the second in as many quarters CdM converted into a touchdown.
Parker Chase, a defensive end, recovered a fumble on the Sailors' 19 with 7:05 left in the second quarter. Four plays later, quarterback Luke Napolitano tied the game at 7-7 with a one-yard touchdown run.
"They had a bunch of two-way players and we don't," Crance said as to why CdM dominated the second half, outscoring the Sailors, 27-0. "They just got really tired and had no gas in the second half."
•The tide is turning in the Back Bay when it comes to football.