NEWPORT BEACH — Coach Jeff Brinkley cannot really explain why his Newport Harbor High football team has played well against Los Alamitos in four of the last five years.
The Sailors just have since rejoining the Sunset League five years ago.
With the Sailors backs against the wall at home Friday night, Brinkley needed them to make it a game against the Griffins again. Not many picked the Sailors to beat the defending league champions.
Eric Tweit, the school's former athletic director, came over and pointed that out to Brinkley, who was all smiles.
"It wasn't the low-scoring game that I talked about," Brinkley told Tweit after his Sailors defeated Los Alamitos, 35-21.
Brinkley will take the result because it puts Newport Harbor (4-4, 2-1 in league) back in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff picture.