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McDonald on the mark

October 11, 2010
  • Newport Harbor High product Andrew McDonald, competing here in the Orange County All-Star Game, has won his four starts at Santa Ana College.
Newport Harbor High product Andrew McDonald, competing… (MARK DUSTIN, Daily…)

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.

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McDonald threw for four touchdowns in the Dons' 43-7 win over Long Beach on Oct. 2, one week after collecting SCFA Offensive Player of the Week laurels for throwing three touchdown passes in a 56-17 rout of Santa Monica.

With McDonald at the controls, the Dons (4-1), who play at East Conference rival Orange Coast on Nov. 13, are ranked No. 8 in Southern California and No. 15 in the state.

¿¿¿Yet another former Newport Harbor quarterback, Kasey Peters, is once again lighting it up at Rocky Mountain College, an NAIA school in Montana.

Peters, who led the NAIA in total offense last season (403 yards per game), has thrown for 974 yards and 11 touchdowns in three games. Peters, who threw for 4,160 yards and 31 touchdowns (completing 383 of 588 with just six interceptions last season), sat out the Battlin' Bears' first three games this season, due to a ruling that granted him another year of eligibility.

Peters, who like McDonald starred at Santa Ana, has completed 76 of 121 this season with four interceptions.

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