Ernie Johnson used many motivational speeches when he coached the Newport Harbor High football team in 1970. Motivation was sorely needed. There hadn't been anything to really cheer about for 28 years.
One of the speeches that seemed to stick out for many during that season was when he reminded the Sailors how the opponent felt about Newport Harbor.
To paraphrase, Johnson said the other players were thinking they weren't about to be beat by some "beach (expletive)."
The nickname fired up the Sailors during their championship season. They won their first league title since 1942 that year.
The derogatory, yet playful name also seemed apt for a project created by Randy Hamilton and Tony Horvath.
The two former Newport Harbor players are a part of B.P. Films, which they created to produce a documentary about the 1970 Sailors football team.
For the past three years, Hamilton and Horvath have been digging through newspaper archives and interviewing former players from that team, as well as putting the spotlight on Johnson, regarded as a great coach in his time.