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Newport Harbor Football Preview

October 18, 2012

Newport Harbor (3-4, 1-1) vs. Huntington Beach (4-2, 2-0)

When/where: Friday night, 7 at Newport Harbor High

Key Sailors: Sr. RB-LB Talalelei Teaupa (849 yards and six TDs on 149 carries); Jr. OT-DT Ramsey Hufford; Sr. WR-CB-KR Landon Gyulay (24 catches for 356 yards and two TDs)

Key Oilers: Jr. QB Kai Ross (960 yards, 12 TDs and six INTs on 57-of-130 passing, 515 yards and eight TDs on 86 carries); Sr. WR Marco Valenzuela (12 catches for 293 yards and three TDs); Jr. LB Mathew Tavakoli (38 tackles, two INTs); Sr. OL Adam Khouri

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Breakdown: Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach, which shares the No. 8 spot in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division poll, face each other in a critical Sunset League game … Sailors are one game back of the Oilers, who are atop the league standings with Edison … A win by Newport Harbor helps its chances of clinching its fourth straight postseason berth with two games left … Sailors have split the past two meetings with Huntington Beach since the Oilers rejoined the Sunset League in 2010 … Sophomore quarterback Cole Norris is expected to make his sixth straight start for Newport Harbor since senior Zach Wade went down with a broken foot … Wade said he is out of the boot and might come back next week against Marina.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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