The Corona Del Mar Sea Kings are one win away from capturing their second consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division title. The top-seeded Sea Kings will take on the third-seeded Garden Grove Argonauts at Angel Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday.
We caught up with CDM coach Scott Meyer to talk about the season and Saturday's big game.
Q: Your defense has played remarkably in the playoffs, not allowing a single point in three games. Can you talk about your defensive guys?
A: Dan O'Shea, our defensive coordinator, and our defensive coaches have worked really hard to get our guys so prepared. Our players put in the time to really learn the schemes and study their opponent. We're just really playing great team defense. I wouldn't say there is one superstar out there. We're playing about 13 or 14 guys that are all doing their job and doing it at a pretty high level.
Q: Coming into this season, did you think this team would have a chance to repeat as CIF champs?
A: It was one of the goals that we talked about, going back to back. We had a lot of holes. We only brought back four starters on defense and about four on offense. We knew we had some pretty good young players coming up from the freshman and JV teams but we never really knew how well we would do. We didn't know how realistic it was in the beginning of the season.
Q: If you guys do repeat, what would that mean for this program?
A: It would be a great accomplishment for the players and the program. After replacing a great group of seniors from last year, to fall right back into it again, it would be pretty special. The last time a CDM team won in 1988, they came back and won in 1989. So we talked about doing the same. It's special to do it once, but to do it back to back, that would have a special feel.
Q: What kind of challenges does Garden Grove present?
A: They're big and athletic on both sides of the ball. They're probably the most balanced team we've seen in awhile, in terms of being able to both run and throw the ball. They have really good running backs. And on defense, they do what they do. They have a big defensive line and pretty athletic linebackers and secondary.
Q: If you guys do come up short on Saturday, would this season be considered a failure?
A: Obviously we want to go win and if that doesn't happen, it would be a major disappointment. But it's still been a successful season. Not just 11 wins, but with the ways our guys have been playing and the way the coaches and players get along, it's been a great year. If we lost, it would be disappointing, but it would still be a very successful season in our mind.
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