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Newport falls again

High School Football

Sailors suffer second straight loss, their most lopsided setback to a nonleague opponent under Brinkley.

September 08, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor High's Quest Truxton, bottom left, holds on to Loyola's Korey Bowles' legs as teammates Marty Taylor, middle right, and Brian Team, top right, make the tackle.
Newport Harbor High's Quest Truxton, bottom left,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — In a couple of weeks, Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley turns 60. He has spent almost half of his life with the Sailors.

During his 27 years in charge of the program, Brinkley has experienced a lot in football.

He added another note to his long resume on Friday night and it's something he's not proud of as the coach.

For the first time during Brinkley's career, his Sailors have begun the season winless in their first two games for the second straight year.

The Sailors not only lost at home to Los Angeles Loyola, 42-7, they suffered their most lopsided loss at Davidson Field to a nonleague opponent during Brinkley's tenure.

Newport Harbor also lost its starting quarterback to an injury right before halftime. Zach Wade tried to make plays for the Sailors, who produced none during the first half.

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While the Sailors jogged into their locker room down, 28-0, Wade was on crutches. Brinkley said Wade hurt his foot.

The senior used those feet to scramble on three consecutive plays late in the first half, only to go down for losses each time. The time Wade got near the line of scrimmage, he paid for it as Loyola knocked him out of the game.

Loyola's defense harassed Wade, sacking him four times and only allowing him to complete four of nine passes for 46 yards. The Cubs finished with seven sacks overall, helping them start the season 3-0 for the second straight year.

Brinkley's team is still looking for its first victory. Next is the Battle of the Bay at home against rival Corona del Mar. The Sea Kings went into this week ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll.

"We don't have any must-win games," said Brinkley, whose team plays its next two games at home. "We have must-get-better games.

"We got a lot of areas we need to clean up. I'm the head coach and I'll take responsibility [and] hopefully get it straightened out."

The Sailors, ranked No. 9 in the Southwest Division, never really had a chance to win their first game. They couldn't stop Loyola's ground game, which amassed 325 yards and four touchdowns.

Brinkley knew all about the Cubs' top tailback, Wyatt Bradford, and his seven rushing touchdowns going into the game. Bradford added two more touchdowns, including a 64-yarder in the third quarter.

The senior rushed 15 times for 130 yards. The Sailors' running back, Talalelei Teaupa, led all rushers with 165 yards.

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