NEWPORT BEACH — Until this month, Cedric Whitaker said he hadn’t played a football game in four years.
Two games into his first season at Newport Harbor High, Whitaker is making it look easy.
If you haven’t heard of No. 28, the junior transfer from San Francisco made a name for himself Thursday night.
In his home debut, Whitaker rushed for 140 yards and scored three touchdowns, including an electrifying 94-yard kickoff return that swung the momentum and allowed Newport Harbor to upset Loyola, 28-14, in a nonleague game.
Instead of going into the final quarter with a seven-point lead, Whitaker put the Sailors back in control.
Newport Harbor (2-0) appeared to lose the momentum late in the third quarter when Whitaker fumbled. On the following play, Loyola cut the deficit to seven points with 61 seconds left in the quarter.