For the second time in three years, Corona del Mar High has claimed the Pacific Coast League football title outright.
The Sea Kings knocked off Woodbridge, 33-16, at Newport Harbor High on Friday, helping them improve to 4-0 in league.
CdM (7-2 overall), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, will try to go unbeaten in league play as it did two years ago.
The Sea Kings' league finale is on the road against rival Beckman (3-6, 2-2 in league) at Tustin High on Friday.
The Sea Kings and Patriots played for a lot more last year: a league title and then a Southern Division title. But CdM Coach Scott Meyer expects a fight from Beckman.
The Patriots are playing for a playoff berth as they are tied for second place in league with Northwood, Irvine and Woodbridge. The league's top three teams earn a postseason berth.
A win against Beckman and Meyer is counting on defending section champion CdM to receive the top seed in the Southern Division. The postseason pairings will be released Sunday.
Newport Harbor shut out Marina, 37-0, Thursday and won its third straight Sunset League game for only the second time since the program rejoined the league six years ago.
The Sailors (5-4, 3-1), ranked No. 9 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, are closing in on their fourth straight postseason appearance. Newport Harbor currently shares second place with sixth-ranked Huntington Beach (5-4 3-1), but the Sailors own the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Sailors edged the Oilers, 20-17, at home Oct. 19.
One league game remains for Newport Harbor, a road date against ninth-ranked Los Alamitos (6-3, 2-2) on Thursday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
If the Sailors win, they clinch at least the league's No. 2 playoff berth. A loss, coupled with an Oilers' setback to top-ranked Edison (8-1, 4-0) on Friday means the second and third guaranteed postseason entries from league will be determined by a coin flip.
Newport Harbor can share the league title with a victory against Los Alamitos and a Huntington Beach win against Edison. Since each team would be 4-1 and would all be 1-1 against the other two tri-champions, a coin flip would determine the league's Nos. 1, 2 and 3 playoff entries.
Estancia made sure its homecoming game was successful, defeating Saddleback, 40-7, on Friday at Jim Scott Stadium.
The Eagles (6-3, 3-1) clinched a CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff berth with the win. The two-time defending league champions have also clinched at least second place in the Orange Coast League, and can claim a co-title if Costa Mesa upsets Laguna Beach on Thursday and Estancia beats Calvary Chapel on Friday.
Estancia makes the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and fifth in Coach Mike Bargas' six-year tenure.
Costa Mesa High needed a win Friday night to keep its CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff hopes alive.
The Mustangs (4-5, 2-2) blew out Calvary Chapel, 64-22, at Jim Scott Stadium. The 64 points are one off the program's single-game record of 65, set in a victory over Laguna Beach in 1992.
Costa Mesa has scored 112 points in its last two league wins. The Mustangs still likely need to upset first-place Laguna Beach on Thursday at Orange Coast College to make the playoffs. Only the top three teams in the Orange Coast League are guaranteed spots.
Costa Mesa is currently tied with Godinez for third in league, but the Grizzlies have the tiebreaker since they beat the Mustangs, 23-21, on Oct. 12. The Grizzlies also have an easier final game, at Saddleback (1-3 in league).
Moments after Sage Hill's 28-7 Academy League loss at Crean Lutheran on Friday, Lightning Coach J.R. Tolver boldly reached for a motivational carrot to feed his 0-9 team.