NEWPORT BEACH — The homecoming theme this year for Corona del Mar High is "Time Warp," and the Sea Kings football team obliged with retro uniforms for their 50th homecoming Friday night.
The uniforms were light blue with dark blue numbers.
By the end of the night, Corona del Mar just left visiting Irvine feeling black and blue.
CdM was efficient on offense and stout on defense to earn the Pacific Coast League win, 35-0, at Newport Harbor High.
Sea Kings Coach Scott Meyer talked to his team after the game about controlling its destiny. The Sea Kings (6-1, 2-0 in league), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, have three league games to go after blanking the No. 6 Vaqueros.
"Everything was really working," Meyer said after his team looked sharp after a tough start. CdM's first two drives ended with an interception in the end zone and a turnover-on-downs, but the Sea Kings were undeterred.
They scored on their final four drives of the first half to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. Twenty-eight points matched the most Irvine (3-4, 1-1) had given up in an entire game.
Senior quarterback Brent Lawson threw for a season-high 288 yards and three touchdowns, two of those to junior Troy Reese. Lawson appeared very comfortable in the pocket, and the Sea Kings also had success when handing the ball off to senior back Erik Fisher (144 yards and a touchdown).
"It's the up-front guys," Lawson said. "Those guys just work harder than everyone, and they just make everything happen. And Fisher is just an absolute stud. When that stuff's clicking, it just makes my job easy … We felt really prepared. We knew what [Irvine] was going to do with a 4-4 cover three [defense]."
After Reese caught a 21-yard pass to score the game's first touchdown, Irvine drove the ball to the CdM 14-yard line early in the second quarter. But the Sea Kings' Tim Reinhardt recovered a fumble to kill the Vaqueros' momentum.
CdM came back with an 11-play scoring drive. Senior Cole Cottrell, dancing along the CdM sideline, seemingly had an electrifying touchdown on a 57-yard screen pass, but the ball was brought back to the Irvine 35-yard line due to a CdM penalty. Two plays later, Lawson went over the top to find Reese again for a 30-yard score that increased the Sea Kings' lead to 14-0.
CdM's Alex Moore recovered after Irvine muffed the ensuing kickoff. Four plays later, Fisher dived over the top from a yard out.
Senior Aaron White added a four-yard touchdown run with 1:10 left before halftime and the Sea Kings were rolling.
"Offensively, the flow and timing and everything was kind of off [in last week's 17-10 league win over Northwood]," Lawson said. "Today, we really stressed pushing the tempo."
Senior Kyle Sherburne had an interception for the Sea Kings, who limited Irvine to two-of-10 passing for just 15 yards.
Corona del Mar 35, Irvine 0
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Irvine 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 — 0
CdM 7 – 21 – 7 – 0 — 35
CdM – Reese 21 pass from Lawson (Garrett kick), 0:44.
CdM – Reese 30 pass from Lawson (Garrett kick), 6:28.
CdM – Fisher 1 run (Garrett kick), 5:22.
CdM – White 4 run (Garrett kick), 1:10.
CdM – Cottrell 13 pass from Lawson (Garrett kick), 2:06.
Irv – Van, 9-50.
CdM – Fisher, 24-144, 1 TD.
Irv – Goodman, 2-10-1, 15.
CdM – Lawson, 21-28-1, 288, 3 TDs.
Irv – Caceres, 2-15.
CdM – Reese, 5-90, 2 TDs.