NEWPORT BEACH —Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley decided to go for the win in overtime against San Clemente Friday night.
The big gamble did not pay off as the Sailors lost to the Tritons, 21-20, after failing to convert a two-point conversion. The Tars lost a more important No. 2, as in Buzzy Yokoyama, earlier in the nonleague game.
The junior that drove defenders back with his tenacious running style in his first three games as Newport Harbor's running back no longer could stand on his own two feet in the fourth game.
Yokoyama had to be lifted off the field, his legs dangling, before being placed on a table midway through the second quarter. His night against San Clemente was over as he rode away in the back of a cart, waving goodbye to teammates and the home fans.
Yokoyama might be lost for the season after he heard a pop in his right knee. If Yokoyama cannot return, the Sailors' hopes for a Sunset League title and CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff appearance are in jeopardy.