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Week 12 High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Monrovia

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Newport Harbor senior receiver Aidan Goltz (19), shown gaining yardage against San Marino on Sept. 27, is a key player for the Sailors.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Newport Harbor High

Key Sailors: Jr. RB Justin McCoy (200 carries for 1,013 yards and 18 TDs); Soph. QB Nick Kim (117 of 192 passing for 1,354 yards, six TDs and eight INTs); Sr. WR/CB Aidan Goltz (58 catches for 714 yards and three TDs)

Key Wildcats: Sr. QB Nick Hernandez (152 of 238 passing for 2,812 yards, 33 TDs and five INTs); Sr. WR/FS Mario Minor (54 catches for 1,133 yards and 14 TDs); Sr. WR/CB Daylen Wilson (43 catches for 889 yards and 11 touchdowns)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor (8-3) hosts No. 3-seeded Monrovia (10-1) in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 9 playoffs ... The Sailors are coming off a thrilling 35-32 comeback road win against Long Beach St. Anthony in the first round, as Kim threw the game-winning, 15-yard touchdown to Jake Keliikoa with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter ... Newport Harbor rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and used a big game by McCoy, who had 34 carries for a season-high 214 yards and four touchdowns ... Last week’s playoff win was the Sailors’ first since 2013, when they advanced all the way to the Southwest Division title game before losing 42-28 to Huntington Beach ... Monrovia, the Rio Hondo League champion, blanked Santa Fe 41-0 in the first round ... The Wildcats have won eight straight games and their 10 wins are their most since 2014 ... The winner of this game plays either No. 2-seeded Palmdale Highland or Lakewood in the semifinals. Lakewood is led by former Corona del Mar coach Scott Meyer.

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