Two-minute Drill

September 13, 2010
  • Newport Harbor's Johnny Herzog (68) sacks Trabuco Hills quarterback Johnathan Newsom (7) Thursday.
Newport Harbor's Johnny Herzog (68) sacks Trabuco… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)

A day after Sage Hill School's remarkable 33-31 nonleague comeback win over Tri-City Christian on Friday night, Coach J.R. Tolver was still excited. Tolver's Lightning came back from a 15-point deficit with less than three minutes to go on a Taylor Ross touchdown run, a touchdown pass from Randall Mycorn to Eric Cheng, two recovered onside kicks and the game-winning field goal from Ross with two seconds left.

But one of the more heady plays was turned in by senior guard T.J. Danner. After Ross' field-goal try was blocked with less than 20 seconds to go, Danner picked up the ball and rumbled 12 yards to the visitors' 10 for a first down. After a spike, Ross got a second chance at the game-winning field goal and nailed it from 28 yards out.

"T.J. is actually probably the fourth- or fifth-fastest player on our team," Tolver said. "We had our big guys out there for the kick. If that ball landed in anyone else's hands besides T.J., we don't get that first down."


Tolver said Danner showed tremendous football I.Q. on the play and was "destroying people" on the line all game to help the Lightning rush for 279 yards.

The Estancia High offense was impressive in Thursday night's season-opening 55-0 nonleague win over Bolsa Grande, the Eagles' most lopsided win since a 56-0 drubbing of the same Matadors in 2006.

But defensively, the Eagles also shined, as they got two interceptions each from Andrew Tenno and Jason Anaya and one from Miguel Mejia. Bolsa Grande's first three possessions all ended in interceptions, and all five came in the first half.

Coach Mike Bargas said the defense the Eagles played was excellent and they were disciplined in their assignments.

Clay Reinhardt got the start at running back again for Corona del Mar High Friday and he topped 100 yards for the second time this season in as many games.

Reinhardt finished with 101 yards on 17 carries as the Sea Kings improved to 2-0 after upsetting Huntington Beach, 16-10, at Newport Harbor High.

Jeff Condino, slated to start at running back during training camp, made his first appearance. Condino missed the Sea Kings' opener with a bruised shoulder.

The senior ran for five yards on six carries.

Buzzy Yokoyama was one of the Sailors who reached out to Cedric Whitaker to return to Newport Harbor High to play football this season.

Whitaker did not come back after rushing for 1,003 yards, totaling 12 touchdowns and earning first-team All-Sunset League honors last season.

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