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Newport Harbor Football Preview

September 27, 2012

Newport Harbor (2-2) vs. Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach (2-2)

When/where: Friday night, 7 at Mira Costa High

Key Sailors: Sr. RB-LB Talalelei Teaupa (595 yards and four TDs on 90 carries); Jr. WR-CB Quest Truxton (13 catches for 243 yards and four TDs); So. QB Cole Norris (371 yards, four TDs and one INT on 22-of-38 passing)

Key Mustangs: Sr. RB Raphael Lawson-Gayle; Jr. LB-RB Brandon Mills; Sr. LB-RB Josh Qerbash

Breakdown: Newport Harbor, which shares the No. 9 spot in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll, faces its third straight ranked opponent … Mira Costa is No. 7 in the Northern Division … Sailors are coming off two impressive victories in which they defeated two 2011 section finalists, San Clemente (Pac-5 Division) and Corona del Mar (Southern Division) … Mira Costa and Newport Harbor share one common opponent, Loyola of Los Angeles, which knocked out both teams quarterbacks … Mustangs lost quarterback Ryan Sweigart (ankle) during a 35-14 loss to Loyola last week and the Sailors lost quarterback Zach Wade (foot) in their 42-7 setback to Loyola on Sept. 7 … Cole Norris has stepped in at quarterback for the Sailors and led them to two straight wins ... Newport Harbor and Mira Costa have split their last four meetings.

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— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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