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High School Football All-League: Newport duo stands out in Sunset

Hasson, Michaelsen earn special defensive awards to highlight locals who receive all-league honors.

December 21, 2011
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Newport Harbor High senior safety Titus Hasson earned the Sunset League Defensive Back of the Year award and senior teammate Steve Michaelsen shared the Defensive Lineman of the Year award after the two standouts for the second straight year led the Sailors to a third-place finish in league and the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.

Joining Hasson and Michaelsen on the first team are five Sailors (5-6, 3-2 in league), senior outside linebacker Ethan Cochran, senior wide receiver Landon Gyulay, senior quarterback Cole Blower, senior cornerback Kory Cablay and senior defensive lineman Stone Manoa.

Hasson, who is being recruited by Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State, excelled on defense, offense and special teams.

Hasson finished with 78 tackles and two interceptions as a safety.

As a running back, Hasson rushed for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns. He recorded 266 yards on the ground in a 35-21 upset win against Los Alamitos. The single-game performance ranks Hasson 10th all-time at Newport Harbor.

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In the Battle of the Bay rivalry against Corona del Mar, Hasson rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Sailors to a 29-26 victory.

Hasson averaged 32.3 yards per kickoff return. He returned a 90-yard kickoff for a touchdown.

Michaelsen, who has offers from Air Force, Army and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, compiled 46 tackles, eight sacks and six blocked passes.

As a tight end, Michaelsen caught five passes, two going for touchdowns.

Cochran finished with 85 tackles, two sacks and one interception. He only played in seven games due to a season-ending concussion.

Gyulay made 40 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns.

Blower threw for 1,212 yards and 14 touchdowns, with five interceptions. He completed 60.3% (99 of 164) of his passes.

Cablay recorded 36 tackles and two interceptions. He averaged 9.4 yards per punt return.

Manoa had 55 tackles and three sacks.

Newport Harbor sophomore left tackle Sam Bush, senior tight end Vince Aqueveque, senior end Dalton Jensen, senior guard Hamilton Randle, senior linebacker Grant Frazier and junior linebacker Marty Taylor each made the second team.

Edison senior quarterback Chase Favreau was named the Sunset League MVP.

— From staff reports

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