Two-minute drill

October 11, 2010

Newport Harbor High quarterback Austin Rios was the latest offensive starter to check into Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach in a two-week span.

Rios left the Sailors' football game Friday at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach when Coach Jeff Brinkley said he suffered a concussion 10 seconds into the second quarter. Newport Harbor's offense was never the same and it dropped the nonleague game, 17-6.

For the second straight week, the Sailors (3-2) lost a leader and a game. The previous week against San Clemente, junior tailback Buzzy Yokoyama left with a dislocated right kneecap.


Rios hurt his head after an interception, trying to make the tackle near the Mustangs' sideline. Aaron Rios said he took his son to the hospital so he could be checked out after vomiting on the sideline and feeling woozy.

Aaron said Austin's neck is sore but he is doing better. Brinkley said the senior's status for Newport Harbor's Sunset League opener at home against Huntington Beach on Friday is uncertain.

If Austin cannot play, junior Cole Blower will make his first varsity start at quarterback for the Sailors, who are hurting, with Yokoyama, senior fullback Ryan Andrews (shoulder), senior right tackle Dillon Gillette (concussion) and now Rios dealing with setbacks. Yokoyama, Andrews and Gillette missed the team's final nonleague game.

¿¿¿Despite Sage Hill School's 35-14 loss to visiting Pasadena Poly on Friday night, senior tailback Taylor Ross set the school single-season rushing record. His 112 yards Friday gave him 1,120 for the season, topping Keya Manshadi's 1,060 yards in 2005.

Ross is also closing in on the Sage career rushing mark, which also belongs to Manshadi with 2,172 yards. Ross now has 2,058 yards in his four-year varsity career.

With his next touchdown run, Ross will also set the record for rushing touchdowns in a season. His current total of 15 matches the number produced by both Manshadi and Don Ayres in 2005.

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