NEWPORT BEACH — The scoreboard went out before the start of the second half of Newport Harbor High's season opener.
For the Sailors' sake, they did not really have to put up numbers on their scoreboard again.
The defense and special teams bailed Newport Harbor out of trouble on numerous occasions on the football field Thursday night. Special teams recorded a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Sailors enough points to beat Trabuco Hills.
Newport Harbor added a touchdown late as it won, 17-6, making it eight straight years the Sailors have kicked off the season with a victory. No team has been able to post double-digit points on Newport Harbor in the last eight openers.
The defense intercepted two passes and special teams blocked a field-goal attempt that gave the Sailors the lead for good. The biggest player on the field, Stanford-bound senior JB Salem, created the scoring opportunity for the Sailors, ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division poll.