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Newport Harbor Football Preview

November 17, 2011

CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs

First-round game

Newport Harbor (5-5) vs. No. 3 Long Beach Poly (9-1)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium

Key Sailors: Sr. DE/TE Steve Michaelsen; Sr. RB/S Titus Hasson (948 yards rushing, nine TDs); Jr. WR/CB Landon Gyulay (563 yards receiving, four TDs)

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Key Jackrabbits: Sr. QB Chaiyse Hales; Jr. RB Gerard Wicks; Sr. TE/DL Alonzo Williams.

Breakdown: The Sailors are making their third straight Pac-5 Division playoff appearance but have not won in the postseason since 2007 … That year, they beat Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on the road before falling to Long Beach Poly, 35-14, in the second round … Poly went on to win CIF in both 2007 and 2008 … Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said FB/LB Grant Frazier (foot) and junior WR/CB Kory Cablay (ankle) will likely play Friday … Both seniors missed last week's Sunset League loss to Edison that dropped the Sailors to third in league … Long Beach Poly has won 10 Moore League titles and three CIF titles in Raul Lara's 11 years as head coach.

— Matt Szabo

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