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Newport Harbor Football Preview

October 06, 2011

Newport Harbor (1-3) vs. Mira Costa (1-3)

When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Newport Harbor High

Key Sailors: Sr. DE/TE Steve Michaelsen; Sr. RB/S Titus Hasson (301 yards rushing, three TDs); Jr. WR/CB Landon Gyulay (319 yards receiving, two TDs).

Key Mustangs: Sr. RB Steven Giovati; Sr. RB/DL Quinn Goldman; Sr. OL/DL Ryan Daly.

Breakdown: The Sailors will look to head into Sunset League play on a good note by winning their final nonleague game of the year … Newport Harbor opens league at home against Fountain Valley on Oct. 14 … Five of Newport Harbor and Mira Costa's six combined losses have been to ranked teams … The teams have a common opponent in Loyola. Mira Costa fell to the Cubs, 28-14, in both teams' season opener Sept. 2, while Newport Harbor lost to Loyola, 27-0, on Sept. 16 at home … Mira Costa had just 15 passing yards in last week's 29-13 loss to Chaminade, as senior running back Steven Giovati tallied 96 yards and one touchdown … Friday's game boasts two long-tenured head coaches, with Newport Harbor's Jeff Brinkley in his 26th year and Mira Costa's Don Morrow in his 19th year … Mira Costa defeated Newport Harbor, 17-6, last year, holding the Sailors to just 29 yards rushing.

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— Matt Szabo

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