Two-Minute Drill: Norris, Truxton red-hot

High School Football

Newport Harbor quarterback, receiver connection proved to be too much for La Habra.

November 27, 2013


•A record day turned in by both junior quarterback Cole Norris and senior wide receiver Quest Truxton saved Newport Harbor High's season last week.

Norris passed for 474 yards and five touchdowns, both Newport Harbor single-game school records, and Truxton caught 14 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns, all three are Newport Harbor single-game records.


The duo led the Sailors to a 49-48 upset of top-seeded La Habra in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs at Davidson Field.

Newport Harbor (7-5) reached the semifinals for the first time in eight years because of Norris and Truxton, who finished outside of the Orange County top-10 list for single-game passing yards and receiving yards, respectively.

The Sailors get to play host to Fullerton (10-2) in the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m.

Norris, who completed 36 of 63 passes, was in a rhythm all evening with Truxton, especially on the Sailors' final drive.

With the Sailors down, 48-42, they took over on their 19 with 2 minutes left. Norris went to his favorite target, Truxton, four times on the final drive. They only hooked up twice, but both proved to be huge.

The first time, Norris, with the Sailors facing a fourth-and-five on their 39, completed a 22-yard pass to Truxton.

Norris' final pass went to Truxton. Norris threw a strike to Truxton near the pylon and Truxton hauled it in with two hands, capping the nine-play, 81-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown grab. The Sailors tied the game at 48-48 with 50 seconds left. Michael Schultz' extra-point put them ahead, 49-48.

Truxton ended up catching one more pass. This time as a cornerback, as he picked off a Hail Mary pass near the goal line as time expired.

•When Coach Jeff Brinkley says the Sailors' upset of La Habra is one fans will be talking about for years, you know it was one of his most memorable victories during his 28 years at Newport Harbor.

For the first time in 21 years, Brinkley's Sailors stunned a No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The other time was against Riverside Rubidoux in the quarterfinals of the 1992 Division IV playoffs. That same year, Brinkley led Newport Harbor to its first section championship game.

•Newport Harbor is only the second school since 2002 to prevent La Habra (10-2) from qualifying for the semifinals.

La Habra had won six section titles in the last 11 years.

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