Coach Jeff Brinkley has a wealth of experience on the high school varsity level.
Most of his football players at Newport Harbor High don't.
This season marks Brinkley's 26th with the Sailors. He said it has been a while since he went into a season with only a handful of returning starters.
"We lost a good number of starters, but that's high school football," said Brinkley, who has a new starter at quarterback, running back, fullback, two at wide receiver and four on the offensive line. "This is probably a few less than we usually have, but I think we got a good nucleus and I like the work ethic of this group.
"Our guys expect to win. That's one thing that we got going for us."
The message has always been the same at Newport Harbor under Brinkley. Compete and expect to win.
The program has won more games than it has lost in the past 25 years, going 208-88-3. During the long stretch, Newport Harbor has only turned in two losing seasons.