Football: Corona del Mar Heads to Title Game

The top-seeded Sea Kings record their third playoff victory by shutout with a 25-0 victory over Woodbridge.

Three shutouts. That's what Corona del Mar has thrown at opponents in the Southern Section playoffs.

The top-seeded Sea Kings on Friday won their third straight playoff game without giving up a point, defeating Woodbridge, 25-0, in a Southern Division semifinal at Irvine High.

With its victory, Corona del Mar (11-2) will get a chance to defend its championship against fourth-seeded Garden Grove (11-2), which upset second-seeded Laguna Beach, 35-21. Garden Grove, the 2010 champion, returns to the finals for the third time in four seasons.

The championship game will be played Saturday, 2 p.m., at Angel Stadium.

Kai Wilson rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Sea Kings, who scored 16 points in the second quarter.

When CdM played Woodbridge on Oct. 26, in a Pacific Coast League game, the Sea Kings won by 17 points, 33-16.

The Corona del Mar defense limited Woodbridge running back Austin de Freitas to only 72 yards, though he has rushed for more than 2,000 this season. The defense even outscored Woodbridge (7-6) as Greg Williford returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown and a 16-0 lead heading into halftime.

The defense also knocked Woodbridge quarterback Matt Callahan out of the game in the first quarter; Callahan suffered a rib injury, and the quarterbacking duties fell on sophomore Michael Pritchett, who threw two interceptions. Callahan reentered midway in the fourth quarter in a last-ditch effort.

Wilson led the offense with 17 carries for 186 yards. He scored on a 49-yard run in the second quarter and a 40-yarder early in the third quarter, giving CdM a 22-0 lead just 87 seconds into the half.

Grif Amies opened and closed the scoring for Corona del Mar, with a 47-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead, and a 40-yarder in the fourth quarter with fewer than 3 minutes left in the game.


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