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High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. San Clemente

September 26, 2013

Newport Harbor (1-2) vs. San Clemente (2-2)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at San Clemente High

Key Sailors: Sr. WR-CB Quest Truxton; Jr. QB Cole Norris; Sr. OT-DT Ramsey Hufford; Sr. WR-CB Cory Stowell.

Key Tritons: Jr. QB Sam Darnold; Sr. TE Jason Wright; Sr. DE Kelsey Benoit.

Breakdown: The Sailors, ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, are coming off a humbling 34-14 loss to Back Bay rival Corona del Mar, only the third defeat at the hands of the Sea Kings in 20 seasons ... The previous two times Newport Harbor lost to CdM, it went on to lose the following game ... The Tars are 1-2 against San Clemente in the last three seasons, including a 28-7 win last season ... Truxton and Stowell each have 16 receptions for a combined 483 yards and six TDs ... Norris has thrown for 652 yards and six TDs ... The 6-foot-5 Darnold was the South Coast League MVP last year in basketball ... Newport Harbor is allowing 34 points per game this season, while scoring 22.7 per contest ... San Clemente, 7-7 all-time under second-year coach Jaime Ortiz, has averaged 30 points per game and allowed an average of 23 ... Neither team has defeated an opponent from Orange County this season, going a combined 0-3 thus far.

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— Barry Faulkner

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