Freiberg highlights win

Newport Harbor kicker sets Orange County record for consecutive extra-point kicks in Tars’ victory.

September 11, 2009|By David Carrillo Peñaloza

ALISO VIEJO — Two coaches met on the football field Friday night and each left in opposite directions.

One is three wins shy of No. 200. The other is in charge of a program which hasn’t won in its last 18 games.

Coach Jeff Brinkley was the one walking away with a smile after Newport Harbor High’s season opener.

Once again, Coach Jeff Veeder saw Aliso Niguel falter.

The Sailors routed the Wolverines, 45-7, on a night in which their longtime coach inched closer to a milestone and their kicker surpassed one.


Newport Harbor scored six touchdowns, giving senior kicker Dillan Freiberg the opportunity to claim an Orange County record.

Freiberg converted every PAT, setting a record for consecutive extra-point kicks with 60. Irvine’s Tommy Louie had held the record of 58 straight.

It’s probably a good thing Freiberg got the record before next week because the Sailors are in for a challenge.

Newport Harbor returns home to play host to Loyola of Los Angeles, which went into Friday ranked No. 9 in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division coaches’ poll.

“This is just preparing us,” Newport Harbor standout Cecil Whiteside said of facing Loyola and running back Anthony Barr, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior considered the top back in the state.

“We kind of have a young team, so we kind of had some jitters out there.”

Whiteside, one of the few players with varsity experience, settled Newport Harbor down after a sluggish start at Aliso Niguel (0-2).

The UC Berkeley-bound senior contributed at linebacker and wide receiver. He recovered a fumble early in the third quarter to set up a score. Midway through the quarter, he hauled in a 57-yard pass for a touchdown.

Whiteside hooked up with new starting quarterback Austin Rios four times for 99 yards. Rios looked sharp at times. The senior threw three touchdown passes, finishing with 138 yards on seven-for-10 passing.

“We weren’t happy about the turnover down [near the red zone]. We had a touchdown probably,” Brinkley said of an interception in the second quarter. “I thought he ran the offense well and put us in a position to win the game.”

The game began with more delays than on the 405 Freeway during rush hour. Four times in the first couple of minutes the game was stopped.

Officials failed to figure out what was going on and Aliso Niguel lined up incorrectly, pushing the offense back twice before snapping the ball.

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