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Truxton leads Newport Harbor to big win

Daily Pilot High School Football Player of the Week

Junior receiver goes off for 216 yards and three touchdowns in Sailors' 31-28 overtime win over Los Alamitos.

November 08, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Don Leach | Daily…)

Quest Truxton caught 12 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns last week. Afterward, Truxton said he looked inside the Newport Harbor High program to see where his performance stood in the school's record book.

He found out that he couldn't compare his stats.

"The only record [the program] keeps is for individual rushing yards for a game," Truxton said. "I talked to the coaches and they said the yards have to be one of the higher records for a receiver at the school."

The kind of night Truxton delivered is rare in the Sailors' run-first offense. After rushing 12 times for a negative two yards at halftime against Los Alamitos last week, they needed to go to the air in the second half.

The No. 1 target for quarterback Cole Norris turned out to be the receiver wearing No. 1 on the field.

Norris went to Truxton repeatedly. Each time, Truxton came through. He hauled in passes and outran defensive backs for first downs and the end zone to help the Sailors rally for a 31-28 win in overtime at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach and finish with their best record in Sunset League play in 35 years.

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The Sailors (6-3, 4-1 in league) finished second in league and clinched one of the league's CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoff berths. Because of Truxton, Newport Harbor is at home in the first round against Troy (7-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.

The last time Newport Harbor opened the postseason at Davidson Field was eight years ago. The school went on to reach the first of two straight Division VI title games.

The Sailors are back in the same playoff division, which changed its name to the Southwest six years ago. Truxton believes Newport Harbor can make a deep playoff run. No longer is the program in the arduous Pac-5 Division, where the Sailors won just one game in four playoff appearances in six seasons.

"Now, we have a real shot to win in the playoffs," Truxton said. "At first, I was kind of bummed that our league switched divisions before the year because I wanted to compete at the highest level."

Truxton played on another level last week. The second-half stats Truxton produced — seven catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns — are worthy of a notable night.

Finishing with 216 yards receiving is incredible. He was 24 yards away from cracking the Orange County all-time top-10 list for single-game receiving performances.

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