Prep football: Tars air out Rams

October 05, 2001

Barry Faulkner

NEWPORT BEACH - The action on the field Thursday night would

clearly indicate the Newport Harbor High football team is ready for its

Sea View League opener Oct. 12 at Aliso Niguel.

But, it's the scene in the school training room and/or team doctor's

office, which may provide a better indication of just how ready the

Sailors will be after a 42-0 pasting of nonleague visitor Millikan.


The hosts (4-0-1), ranked No. 6 in Orange County and No. 2 in CIF

Southern Section Division VI, scored on their first five possessions,

burning the Rams primarily through the air.

Senior quarterback Morgan Craig misfired on his first pass of the

night, then connected on his final 12, including touchdown connections of

7, 36 and 80 yards, the latter two to senior Adam Kerns.

Craig's 226 passing yards are easily his career high and are the most

produced by a Harbor quarterback in 37 games. Steve Gorman threw for 247

yards in a Week 6 loss to Corona del Mar in 1998.

Junior backup Mike McDonald came in and added to the aerial assault,

hooking up with senior Jon Vandersloot on a 12-yard TD pass that

finalized the scoring.

Junior tailback Dartangan Johnson missed triple digits for the first

time this season, but finished with 94 yards and two TDs on 17 carries.

"I thought we drove the ball very consistently," Newport Coach Jeff

Brinkley said. "We tried to take what (the 1-4 Rams) gave us. Morgan

threw the ball well and we have a lot of guys who can catch it. I'd say

(13 of 14 for 93% by the two quarterbacks combined) is over the 60% we

shoot for. And there were no interceptions.

"I also thought (Johnson) ran the ball very well. He had a good

average (5.5 yards per carry)."

Brinkley was also pleased with his defense, which posted its second

shutout of the season and lowered its average points allowed to 5.6 per

game. That total will allow Harbor to maintain at least a share of the

Orange County lead in scoring defense, depending on what Laguna Beach

does tonight against Santa Ana Valley.

Millikan's best scoring chance came on an 18-play drive that began

after Harbor's first touchdown. After getting to the Sailors' 3, however,

Jose Barragan bounced a 20-yard field-goal attempt off the left upright

to take some wind out of the Long Beach school's sails.

The closest Millikan got to the goal line the rest of the night was

the Sailors' 26, from where Kerns picked off a pass at his own 5 and

returned it 82 yards to set up the Tars' final TD.

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