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Week 11 High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. St. Anthony

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Newport Harbor quarterback Cole Lavin (14) connects with wide receiver Jake Keliikoa (not pictured) for a touchdown during the second quarter against San Marino in a nonleague game on Sept. 27.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Clark Field in Long Beach

Key Sailors: Jr. RB Justin McCoy (166 carries for 799 yards and 14 TDs; 32 catches for 364 yards and two TDs); Jr. QB Cole Lavin (86 of 129 passing for 1,002 yards, 11 TDs and four INTs; 59 carries for 156 yards and two TDs); Sr. WR/CB Aidan Goltz (53 catches for 640 yards and three TDs); Sr. WR Mason Walker (28 catches for 317 yards and three TDs)

Key Saints: Jr. WR/CB Jason Porter (14 catches for 240 yards and four TDs); Sr. WR/FS Riley Jenkins (28 catches for 544 yards and nine TDs); Sr. QB/LB Lucas Lehmar (118 of 225 passing for 1,742 yards, 15 TDs and 10 INTs; 77 carries for 549 yards and three TDs); So. RB/DB Sone Aupiu (115 carries for 902 yards and nine TDs; 30 catches for 325 yards and one TD)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor (7-3) travels to take on Long Beach St. Anthony (5-5) at Clark Field for a first-round game in the CIF Southern Section Division 9 playoffs … The Sailors make their first playoff appearance since 2014 … After starting the season at 7-0, Newport Harbor needed an at-large selection into the playoffs following lopsided losses to Los Alamitos, Corona del Mar and Edison … Sailors coach Peter Lofthouse expects to have several key players back in the lineup, including Lavin, the team’s starting quarterback. The dual-threat junior has not played since Week 5, when he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of a 48-7 win over San Marino. His return could revive the run-pass option for the Sailors, who have managed just nine points per game over their last three contests … St. Anthony, the second-place team from the Del Rey League, has allowed 28.1 points per game this season.

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