Tars still own Battle

Yokoyama hard to stop as he gains 260 yards rushing for Newport against CdM in Battle of Bay Friday.

September 24, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
(Scott Smeltzer…)

NEWPORT BEACH — Buzzy Yokoyama's No. 2 jersey was darker than the ones the rest of his Newport Harbor High teammates wore.

He was drenched in sweat.

The junior running back ran hard again. His encore to a 294-yard rushing performance last week was another huge effort on the ground.

Yokoyama did not smash any single-game records, but he broke tackles in the biggest game in the Back Bay, the Battle of the Bay.

The latest outing by Yokoyama was not for the record books, but for bragging rights in town.

Yokoyama can say whatever he wants after leading the Sailors to a 35-13 victory against rival Corona del Mar at Davidson Field on Friday night. Yokoyama ran wild, rumbling for 260 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries.

When Yokoyama learned of his production, he said, 'Oh boy!"

That is right. In back-to-back games, Yokoyama has rushed for 554 yards and seven touchdowns. Coach Jeff Brinkley said he does not know if he has ever seen a tailback during his 25 years at Newport Harbor turn in similar performances.


"We've had a lot of good running backs," Brinkley said.

Yokoyama wants his name next to the greats at Newport Harbor. If he continues to run like a running back possessed, Yokoyama has a chance at breaking school records.

He broke off major runs on the Sea Kings, handing them their first loss of the season and keeping the Sailors undefeated through three games.

"I'm not going to talk smack," Yokoyama said, "but [getting the win] just means that these guys can't talk smack to us."

Yokoyama hit the Sea Kings (3-1) in the mouth and then ran over them. He scored on runs of 69, 64, 22 and 11 yards.

Each quarter featured a Yokoyama touchdown. The 5,000 fans in attendance were fortunate to see Yokoyama in action in the nonleague game.

CdM Coach Jason Hitchens said the sold-out crowd knows why the Sailors wiped out the Sea Kings for the fourth straight year.

"I think anybody in the stands can probably come to the conclusion that we didn't tackle very well tonight," said Hitchens, whose defense allowed 305 total yards rushing. "The kid was a tough running back. We still have to tackle. It's not the first game of the year and some of it was just really sloppy tackling. It was him wanting to get down the field more than we wanted to tackle him."

Yokoyama calls it sheer determination.

The Sailors, ranked eighth in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division, have owned the rivalry against CdM, holding a 36-13 edge.

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