Corona del Mar, Marina lead area’s All-CIF football selections

Corona del Mar senior quarterback Ethan Garbers shared the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Offensive Player of the Year award.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The accolades continue to roll in for the Corona del Mar and Marina high school football teams, which won CIF Southern Section titles in November.

CdM senior quarterback Ethan Garbers and senior wide receiver John Humphreys shared the CIF Southern Section Division 3 Offensive Player of the Year award on Monday, while Marina junior receiver Dane Brenton was named the Offensive Player of the Year and senior middle linebacker Nathan O’Rourke the Defensive Player of the Year in Division 11.

CdM’s Dan O’Shea and Jeff Turley received CIF Coach of the Year honors in Division 3 and Division 11, respectively.

O’Shea led the Sea Kings to a 56-28 win over Simi Valley Grace Brethren in the Division 3 title game, and CdM capped a 16-0 season with a 35-27 victory over San Mateo Serra in the CIF State Division 1-A final. O’Shea, in his fifth season in charge of the Sea Kings, won his first section championship as a head coach after winning three CIF titles as the CdM defensive coordinator from 2011-13.


Turley guided the Vikings (12-3) to their first CIF crown, an 18-9 win over Pasadena Muir in the Division 11 championship game. Turley, the Daily Pilot Dream Team Coach of the Year, earned his sixth CIF ring as a coach. The previous five came as the defensive coordinator at Long Beach Poly.

Both O’Shea and Turley led their programs to undefeated league titles, O’Shea’s Sea Kings went 5-0 in the Sunset League and Turley’s Vikings finished 3-0 in the Big 4 League.

Ethan Garbers, bound for the University of Washington, is the area’s Player of the Year after helping the Sea Kings go 16-0 in record-breaking fashion.

Garbers, bound for the University of Washington, threw for 5,035 yards and a Southern Section record 71 touchdowns this season. Garbers, the Dream Team Player of the Year, also carried the ball 93 times for 573 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Humphreys, who is headed to Stanford, finished with 111 catches for 2,001 yards and 32 touchdowns. Humphreys, the Dream Team Offensive Player of the Year, matched Western’s Caine Savage for the Orange County single-season record for touchdown catches.

Senior tight end Mark Redman (Washington) and senior wide receiver Bradley Schlom (UCLA) also earned All-CIF honors in Division 3 for the Sea Kings’ offense.

Those selected from the CdM defense included senior linebacker Mason Gecowets, senior cornerback Chandler Fincher and junior two-way lineman Thomas Bouda.

Brenton, the Dream Team All-Purpose Player of the Year, made 38 catches for 673 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also played free safety and had six interceptions.

O’Rourke had team-high totals of 170 tackles and 19 tackles for a loss.

Marina senior wide receiver and strong safety Eric Church, senior outside linebacker Conner Long, senior running back Pharoah Rush, junior defensive lineman Darren Vasquez, senior offensive linemen Isaia Regan, Chase Hoglund and Joseph Kelso received All-CIF honors.

Newport Harbor rode a dominant running game to a 7-0 start and a semifinals berth in the Division 9 playoffs. Three key cogs of that running attack were rewarded with All-CIF selections in junior running back Justin McCoy, as well as offensive linemen Carter Mathisrud, a senior, and Grayson Simon, a sophomore.

Also receiving All-CIF honors for Newport Harbor were senior wide receiver Aidan Goltz and senior linebacker Chad Koste. The Sailors went 9-4 overall and 2-3 in the Sunset League, finishing in fourth place.


Edison had senior running back and outside linebacker Mike Walters (UC Davis), the Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year, senior wide receiver Cole Koffler and senior tackle and defensive tackle Trent Jordahl selected as All-CIF players in Division 3.

The Chargers (8-4, 4-1 in Sunset League), who were second in the league, advanced to the Division 3 quarterfinals before being eliminated at La Habra 35-27.

Huntington Beach had tight end Christian Moore, a Kansas State commit, chosen as an All-CIF honoree in Division 7.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior also played some defensive end in his time with the Oilers (2-9, 1-4).

After receiving an at-large bid into the playoffs as the fifth-place team in the Sunset League, Huntington Beach lost to Division 7 finalist Cypress 35-8 in the first round.

Ocean View had senior wide receiver Brandon Alcaraz chosen as an All-CIF selection for Division 12.

Alcaraz had 69 receptions for 1,111 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Seahawks (7-4, 2-1 in Pac 4 League), who were the second-place team in their league.



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