Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley is stewing lately after two consecutive losses, but the mention of former Sailors' quarterback Andrew McDonald is sure to soften Brinkley's competitive scowl.
McDonald, the Newport-Mesa Offensive Player of the Year for the Sailors as a senior in the fall of 2008, is unbeaten in four games as the starter at Santa Ana College.
McDonald, the son of former USC All-American and NFL quarterback Paul McDonald, leads the 37-school Southern California Football Assn. in pass efficiency after transferring from the University of Arizona.
The 6-foot, 200-pound McDonald, who missed the Dons' season-opening loss to Fullerton with a minor injury, has completed 48 of 64 passes this season for 723 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown just two interceptions.
McDonald, who is completing 75% of his attempts, has an efficiency rating of 215.2, nearly 52 points better than the closest SCFA rival who has more than 50 attempts.