Newport Harbor football preview

Newport Harbor (0-0) vs. Trabuco Hills (1-0)

When/where: Tonight, 7 at Trabuco Hills High

Key Sailors: Sr. DE-TE Steve Michaelsen; Sr. OLB-RB Ethan Cochran; Sr. RB-S Titus Hasson

Key Mustangs: Sr. QB Jonathan Newsom (154 yards and two TDs on 14-of-22 passing); Sr. RB Mitchell Simonsen (46 yards rushing, 80-yard kickoff return for TD); Sr. DE-TE Devon Spaulding

Breakdown: Newport Harbor kicks off the season against Trabuco Hills for the second straight season with a question mark at running back … The Sailors lost their standout running back Buzzy Yokoyama, who transferred to Mission Viejo for his senior year … Coach Jeff Brinkley plans to use three senior tailbacks, Ethan Cochran, Titus Hasson and AJ Swies … Trabuco Hills beat Capistrano Valley, 28-21, in its season opener last week … Trabuco Hills, out of the South Coast League, dropped its final four games last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004 … The Mustangs return 17 starters, while the Sailors bring back only a handful of starters … Newport Harbor and Trabuco Hills meet for the fourth time, with the Sailors leading the series at 2-1.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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