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Week 4 High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Santa Monica

Week 4 High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Santa Monica
Newport Harbor High football coach Peter Lofthouse, shown coaching against Sequoia on Aug. 24, and the Sailors can improve to 3-1 this season with a win over Santa Monica on Friday. (Christine Cotter)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Santa Monica College

Key Sailors: Sr. QB Rory McCrory; Jr. RB Jake Keliikoa; Sr. MLB Brian Bailey

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Key Vikings: Sr. RB/LB Zaire Martin-Thomas (41 carries for 264 yards and one TD); Sr. WR Melvin Hicks (six catches for 115 yards); Jr. LB Ian Gomez (20 tackles)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor (2-1) looks for its second straight win when it travels to play Santa Monica (1-2) in a nonleague game … With a win Friday, the Sailors can surpass last season’s win total of two … Newport Harbor is coming off a 35-13 win over Los Angeles University. Keliikoa had two first-quarter rushing touchdowns for the Sailors’ first two scores, and McCrory had two touchdown passes, to Rich Lemmon and Mason Walker … Santa Monica earned its first victory of the season last week with a 21-14 win over South Torrance … The Vikings finished fourth in the six-team Ocean League last year and have not made the CIF Southern Section playoffs since 2014, the same year Newport Harbor last qualified for the postseason.

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