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Week 0 High School Football Preview: Corona del Mar vs. Downey

Ethan Garbers
Corona del Mar senior quarterback Ethan Garbers, shown throwing against Fountain Valley on Oct. 5, 2018, is back to lead the offense.
(Christine Cotter)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Newport Harbor High

Key Sea Kings: Sr. QB Ethan Garbers; Sr. WR/LB John Humphreys; Sr. TE/LB Mark Redman; Sr. DE Carter Duss

Key Vikings: Jr. QB Christopher Hernandez; Sr. DL Anthony Lopez, Sr. RB/CB Jaden Allen

Breakdown: Corona del Mar, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 preseason poll, opens the season with a home game against Downey at Davidson Field ... The Sea Kings last played Downey in 2017 on the same field, losing 49-42 to the Vikings in the quarterfinals of the Division 4 playoffs ... Downey, which finished 6-6 last season and in third place in the San Gabriel Valley League, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 3 playoffs before losing 35-28 to Perris Citrus Hill. The Vikings are back in Division 4 this season ... Downey lost most of its top skill players from last season and Hernandez is in his first year at starting quarterback. That’s a contrast to Corona del Mar, which returns 10 starters on offense, including the University of Washington-bound Garbers and Redman and the Stanford-bound Humphreys ... CdM has won 10 of its last 12 nonleague games since 2016.

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