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Two-minute Drill: Battle of the Bay takes center stage

Sea Kings want to end Newport Harbor's six-game winning streak in annual rivalry series.

September 17, 2013

NEWPORT HARBOR

•The Newport Harbor High Sailors' next game is against another defending CIF Southern Section champion. And they are familiar with these Sea Kings.

Newport Harbor (1-1), ranked No. 6 in the Southwest Division, plays rival Corona del Mar (3-0) in the Battle of the Bay at Orange Coast College on Friday at 7 p.m.

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The Sailors have won the last six games against CdM in the annual game. Newport Harbor holds a 38-13 edge in the series.

CdM, the defending two-time CIF Southern Section Southern Division champion, is ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division.

•Newport Harbor gave Jeff Brinkley his 250th career win as a coach in dramatic fashion.

The Sailors came back late, upsetting defending CIF Southern Section Northern Division champion Palos Verdes, 34-33, at Davidson Field last week.

Brinkley, who improved to 250-147-7, is one of 23 high school coaches who have won 250 games in California.

Brinkley, in his 36th season as a head coach, has spent 28 years in charge at Newport Harbor, where he is 221-100-3. His 29 other wins came as coach of Norwalk Excelsior and Norwalk.

•Newport Harbor's Quest Truxton caught two touchdown passes and set up two touchdowns with key returns on a punt and kickoff.

The kickoff return helped Newport Harbor take the lead for good against Palos Verdes.

The senior returned the kickoff 42 yards, putting the Sailors near midfield with 62 seconds left to play. On first down, Truxton made an unbelievable 32-yard grab on the sideline, giving him seven catches for 152 yards.

The offense took the lead two plays later on running back Riley Gaddis' one-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds to go.

•Two areas concerned Brinkley, breakdowns on special teams and holding onto the ball.

The Sailors gave up a 43-yard punt return midway through the first quarter, setting up Palos Verdes' first touchdown. They also gave up a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Quarterback Cole Norris lost the ball twice near the Sailors' 20-yard line without being hit. Norris said the ball slipped out of his hands. The first time, it didn't hurt Newport Harbor. The second time, Palos Verdes scored a touchdown and went ahead, 27-21, late in the third quarter.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

CORONA DEL MAR

•Corona del Mar High's school-best winning streak is now at 13.

The Sea Kings held on to defeat El Toro, 24-21, at Trabuco Hills High last week.

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