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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