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Week 12 High School Football Preview: Corona del Mar vs. Yorba Linda

Corona del Mar High wide receiver John Humphreys scores a touchdown in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 first-round playoff game against Redondo Union at Newport Harbor High on Nov. 2.
(Christine Cotter)
Sports Editor

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

Key Sea Kings: Jr. WR/FS John Humphreys (75 catches for 1,351 yards and 22 TDs; 21 tackles, one sack); Jr. QB Ethan Garbers (206 of 311 passing for 3,066 yards, 43 TDs and four INTs); Sr. C Sean Owens; Sr. LB Luke Fisher (76 tackles, five tackles for loss)

Key Mustangs: Jr. RB Keaton Haddad (182 carries for 1,224 yards and 14 TDs); Sr. RB James Festini (172 carries for 1,058 yards and 13 TDs); Sr. WR/DB/PR/P Ricky Lane (39 catches for 779 yards and eight TDs; seven INTs, two INTs returned for TDs, 46 tackles); Sr. LB Jacob Cochran (71 tackles, nine tackles for loss)

Breakdown: For the second straight week, top-seeded Corona del Mar (9-1-1) is at home in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. The Sea Kings, who shared the Sunset League title, host Yorba Linda (9-2), the second-place team from the Crestview League, in the quarterfinals … CdM and Yorba Linda play contrasting styles, with the Sea Kings preferring for Garbers to air it out to Humphreys, Bradley Schlom and Mark Redman in an up-tempo offense, and the Mustangs like to pound the ball with their two 1,000-yard rushers in Haddad and Festini and chew up the clock … The Sea Kings, who are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, exited in the Division 4 quarterfinals a year ago, as did Yorba Linda, albeit in the Division 7 playoffs … The winner advances to the semifinals and will face No. 4 Hesperia Oak Hills or Camarillo on Nov. 16. If the Sea Kings reach the semis, they will have to make the long road trip, 83 miles to Oak Hills or 94 miles to Camarillo, while Yorba Linda would be the home team in the next round.


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