When/where: Tonight, 7 at Huntington Beach High
Key Sailors: Jr. TB Buzzy Yokoyama (92 carries, 752 yards, eight TDs rushing); Sr. QB Austin Rios (56 for 78 passing, 545 yards, three TDs); Sr. WR Parker Norton (40 receptions, 389 yards, four TDs); Sr. LB Blair Luchs (team-leading 59 tackles, two INTs).
Key Barons: Sr. RB-LB Montana Merhoff (736 yards, nine TDs rushing; 51 tackles, two INTS); Sr. QB Ryan Balzer; So. DB Wyatt Christensen (45 tackles); Sr. LB Rob Young (43 tackles)
Breakdown: Newport Harbor (5-4, 2-2 in league) can clinch its 18th postseason berth in the last 22 seasons with a victory, but the Sailors can do no better than third place in the Sunset League … A loss, combined with a Huntington Beach win over Marina would create a three-way tie for third between Fountain Valley, Newport and Huntington Beach. In that case, coin flips would decide the league's No. 3 representative in the Pac-5 Division playoffs … Fountain Valley has lost two straight … The Barons have scored 198 points and allowed 197, while Newport Harbor has outscored foes, 182-128 … Barons' kicker Derek Huynen has four of his six field goals in the last two weeks, including boots of 47 and 42 yards … Eight different players have contributed to the Barons' 11 interceptions …Fountain Valley has beaten the Tars the last two years by a combined six points.
— Barry Faulkner