Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Hamilton

Newport Harbor (0-0) vs. Hamilton (0-1)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Davidson Field

Key Sailors: Sr. QB Cole Norris; Sr. OLB-RB Riley Gaddis; Sr. RB-S Chance Siemonsma; Sr. WR-LB Keaton Cablay

Key Yankees: Sr. RB-DB Kyshawn Richards; Sr. DB Russell Shaw; Sr. WR-LB Tumont Blake; Jr. FB Sam Holguin

Breakdown: Newport Harbor kicks off the season against Hamilton, a CIF Los Angeles City Section Division II program … Hamilton has finished fifth in the six-team Western League in each of the past four seasons … Sailors have dropped their last three openers, accounting for half of Coach Jeff Brinkley's losses in openers … Brinkley, who enters is 29th season in charge of the Sailors, is 21-6-1 in openers … Hamilton's first game was last week and it suffered a 50-13 setback against Los Angeles Dorsey, a Los Angeles City Section Division I team … Last year, the Sailors made a CIF Southern Section Southwest Division finals appearance, their eighth trip to a section championship under Brinkley … Hamilton's secondary might be in for a long evening against Norris, who threw for 2,959 yards and 27 touchdowns last season ... Norris, a Northern Arizona commit, is 943 yards away from breaking Newport Harbor's career passing record of 5,364 yards, which is held by Shane Foley … Newport Harbor's schedule gets tougher after Hamilton, with games against Palos Verdes, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division preseason poll, and Back Bay rival Corona del Mar, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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