High School Football: Newport Harbor falls short

Sailors commit errors late and comeback bid ends with fumble in loss to visiting Mira Costa Friday night.

October 04, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

In a span of nine offensive plays, everything fell apart for Newport Harbor High. Coach Jeff Brinkley saw two players jump early, then one slipped and fell on his butt during a pass, another dropped a pass that hit him in the numbers, and the last player fumbled the ball.

All of the gaffes cost the Sailors any chance of coming back late on Friday night.

The Sailors' bid to win consecutive games for the first time this season ended with a 33-21 setback to Manhattan Beach Mira Costa.

"You can't make those mistakes," said Brinkley, whose team was in position to rally for a victory at home for the second time in four weeks.

The game-winning drive never materialized for the hosts at Davidson Field. The visitors came out on top after they recovered a fumbled snap on the Sailors' 42 with 1 minute, 38 seconds left.

Before Mira Costa (3-2) ran a play, it called a timeout. The team logged many miles during nonleague action, playing four games on the road. They went to Sherman Oaks one week, Downey the next, then back to the San Fernando Valley, before going down the coast in Newport Beach.


The Mustangs' latest road trip ended with tailback Sebastian Franck-Love flooring the gas pedal. The senior broke a 42-yard touchdown run, sealing the game for Mira Costa.

The run gave Franck-Love his third rushing touchdown and 213 yards. His final two carries produced touchdowns. The score Coach Don Morrow said he was most proud of was the one that put Mira Costa ahead for the first time.

With less than 4 minutes to go, and Mira Costa trailing 21-20, the Mustangs went to Franck-Love on a fourth-and-goal play on the one. He punched it in from the left side to give his team a 26-21 lead.

"You're kind of dancing a little bit, hit the darn thing," Morrow said he told Franck-Love at halftime. "[He] couldn't dance on [that one-yard run]."

The go-ahead scoring drive lasted a little more than seven minutes. Mira Costa went 88 yards on 14 plays. The Sailors failed to stop Franck-Love, who recorded 136 rushing yards in the second half, and the other three players who carried the ball on the drive.

At the end of the evening, running backs Brandon Mills and Tre Searcy, and quarterback Greg Briskin proved to be too much for Newport Harbor.

"We didn't stop the run all night," said Brinkley, whose defense let Mills rush seven times for 75 yards and a touchdown, Searcy four times for 59 yards and a touchdown and Briskin eight times for 40 yards.

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