CORONA DEL MAR
Only a bye week can stop juggernaut Corona del Mar High these days.
The Sea Kings enter the break after routing Capistrano Valley, 43-14, at Davidson Field last week, helping them close out nonleague play at 5-0.
CdM, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, has won 15 straight games dating back to last season.
Coach Scott Meyer hopes the week off helps the Sea Kings get healthy and ready for their Pacific Coast League title defense. Two of their starters, tailback Cole Martin (ankle) and left tackle Quinn Bassler (tonsils), missed last week's home game.
The Sea Kings open league play against Irvine at Davidson Field on Oct. 11. The Vaqueros are 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in the Southern Division.
Irvine wraps up nonleague play at Dana Hills (1-4) on Friday at 7 p.m., before its meeting against CdM.
•Parker Chase recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. The junior defensive end created all this havoc despite dealing with a cold all last week.
Each of the turnovers resulted in CdM touchdowns. Chase almost found the end zone on his 42-yard interception return, only to go down on the opponent's five-yard line.
"I kind of ran out of steam at the end," said Chase, who was tackled by the quarterback.
•The Sea Kings are ranked No. 2 in CalHiSports.com's CIF State Bowl Game Division III South rankings.
Monrovia, which played in last year's CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game, losing to San Diego Madison, 21-17, is ranked ahead of CdM.
Madison went on to beat Kentfield Marin Catholic, 38-35, in the CIF State Division III final.
•The CdM offense averaged 34.2 points per game and the defense allowed 12.6 during the first five games.
•Anthony Battista made the most of his first start as the varsity running back.
The sophomore, filling in for the injured Martin, rushed 18 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns.