High School Football: TWO-MINUTE DRILL

September 24, 2012
  • Newport Harbor High's Talaleile Teaupa, right, takes down San Clemente quarterback Loren Applegate, left, during the first half of a nonleague game on Friday.
Newport Harbor High's Talaleile Teaupa, right,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley received a noteworthy present for his 60th birthday as the Sailors posted a 28-7 nonleague home upset win over previously unbeaten San Clemente, ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division.

"That was nice," Brinkley, to whom several well-wishers delivered "Happy Birthday" comments after the game, said of the birthday gift. "But this is a good win for these kids."

Injuries to key seniors at Estancia High continue to pile up.

Already without tailback Robert Murtha, Coach Mike Bargas said the Eagles lost fullback DeionTe Haywood to an ankle injury and defensive lineman Kevin Peters to a knee injury during their 45-28 loss against University at Irvine High on Thursday.

Bargas said he expects Murtha to return Friday, when the Eagles (2-2), ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, play Sonora (2-2) at La Habra High at 7 p.m.


Bargas said Haywood, who has a minor ankle sprain, won't be available.

Bargas said Peters' knee has some swelling and he's unlikely to play this week.

The next contest is the final nonleague game for Estancia before it opens its Orange Coast League title defense against Costa Mesa (2-3) on Oct. 5.

"I made a decision to keep him out [against University because] he was about 80 [percent]," Bargas said of Murtha.

Murtha, who dressed last week, is 41 yards away from becoming Newport-Mesa's all-time leading rusher. He has 4,293 yards rushing in his career.

Costa Mesa's Binh Tran holds the record with 4,333 yards.

For the first time in three years, Corona del Mar High has dropped consecutive games.

The Sea Kings lost at Capistrano Valley, 24-7, Friday. A blocked 52-yard field-goal try before halftime and four turnovers in the second half doomed CdM.

Capistrano Valley returned the blocked field goal 52 yards for a touchdown, taking a 14-7 lead with 12 seconds left in the first half. The Cougars scored 10 points off the second-half turnovers.

"I don't think that was our best," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said. "We have to get back and regroup and clean a lot of stuff up."

The Sea Kings (2-2), ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, look to avoid their first three-game skid since 2009 on Friday, when they play host to Cypress (3-1).

Cypress has reached at least the quarterfinals of the Southwest Division playoffs the past three seasons.

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