Newport Harbor Football Preview

CIF Southern Section Southwest Division


Newport Harbor (7-4) vs. Villa Park (10-1)

When/where: Friday night, 7 at El Modena High

Key Sailors: Sr. RB-LB Talalelei Teaupa (1,577 yards and 10 TDs on 227 carries); Jr. WR-CB Quest Truxton (43 catches for 730 yards and 11 TDs); Soph. QB Cole Norris (1,268 yards, 15 TDs and five INTs on 97-of-158 passing)

Key Spartans: Jr. QB Dylan Osborne (1,875 yards, 16 TDs and five INTs on 129-of-208 passing); Sr. RB Meki Tafuna (1,046 yards and 20 TDs on 184 carries); Sr. LB Grant Klasna (106 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor meets third-seeded Villa Park in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs … Both teams share a common opponent, top-seeded Edison, which defeated the Sailors, 35-0, in a Sunset League opener on Oct. 4, and knocked off the Spartans, 27-7, in a nonleague game on Sept. 6 … Since losing to Edison, Newport Harbor has won five straight games and Villa Park has reeled off eight consecutive wins … Newport Harbor and Villa Park have met twice before, each time in the playoffs, with the Sailors winning both games … Sailors' last quarterfinal victory was in 2005, when they went on to claim the Division VI title.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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