"It's just good to get back on the winning track."
The Eagles bounced back from a 30-22 home loss on Sept. 23 to University, a Pacific Coast League team. That setback had dropped the Eagles from No. 5 to No. 10 in the poll.
Costa Mesa High perhaps showed a glimpse of its future in Friday' 61-0 blowout win over La Quinta.
After Mustangs' senior Mario Smith had three long touchdown runs in the first half, his junior brother, Justin, was inserted at running back to begin the third quarter.
Justin Smith had eight straight runs on the drive for 78 yards. He scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cap the march, which lasted more than six minutes.
Coach Wally Grant said the younger Smith could be "the guy" next year. He also helped the Mustangs defensively Friday, blocking a punt that teammate Oscar Reyes recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
"He's a phenomenal athlete," Grant said. "My job as a coach is to somehow get both those gentlemen in the backfield and turn them loose."
Mario Smith said he was impressed as well with Justin, before offering a bit of brotherly advice.
"He's a tough runner," Mario Smith said. "He just needs to work on his jukes. He needs to stop juking as much and listen to the coaches, and he'll be really good."
According to the Corona del Mar High game program, senior quarterback Brent Lawson's five touchdown passes in the Sea Kings' 48-6 nonleague win over Magnolia Friday tied the school single-game record set by Dave Terry in 1968.
Lawson was 11 of 16 passing for 222 yards and all but one of his completions went for at least 10 yards. The lone exception was a four-yard touchdown pass that capped his evening with 7:26 left in the second quarter.
Four games into the season, Newport Harbor hasn't played a cupcake schedule.
The Sailors (1-3) traveled to San Clemente and battled before losing, 24-12, Friday.