NEWPORT BEACH — Coach Jeff Brinkley said his Newport Harbor High football team needed some momentum going into a difficult Sunset League schedule.
The nonleague games haven't been pushovers either. But Thursday night, the Sailors played perhaps their most complete game of the season.
Newport Harbor turned it on after a slow start to blast Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach, 33-3, at Davidson Field.
"We needed the momentum going into this league," said Brinkley, whose team opens Sunset League play at home against Fountain Valley on Oct. 14.
On the night the press box was named after longtime Daily Pilot sports reporter/editor Roger Carlson, the Sailors (2-3) gave reporters something to write about. They avoided their first 1-4 start since 1988.
Senior Titus Hasson hurt the visiting Mustangs (1-4) on both sides of the ball. He had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard scamper up the middle midway through the third quarter that gave Newport Harbor a 14-3 lead. He also had two interceptions on defense.