Newport Harbor Football Preview

Newport Harbor (5-5) vs. Dana Hills (5-5)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Dana Hills High

Key Sailors: Sr. WR-CB-KR-PR Quest Truxton (51 catches for 877 yards and 11 TDs, two INTs returned for TDs); Sr. OT-DT Ramsey Hufford; Jr. LB Riley Gaddis

Key Dolphins: Sr. QB Mac Vail (1,343 yards, 20 TDs and six INTs on 101-of -186 passing); Sr. WR Sean Schulte (35 catches for 695 yards and nine TDs); Jr. WR Drew Falk (38 catches for 480 yards and four TDs)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor opens the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs … The game features two second-place teams: Newport Harbor from the Sunset League and Dana Hills from the Sea View League … The Sailors are 15-6 in playoff openers under Coach Jeff Brinkley … Dana Hills is making its first postseason appearance in four years … Newport Harbor reached the quarterfinals last year … Dana Hills is one of two teams from the Sea View League to qualify for the Southwest Division playoffs, while the Sailors are one of five teams from the Sunset League that made the postseason … The Sailors last played the Dolphins in 2009, when Dana Hills won, 41-7, at home … Newport Harbor is 7-3 against Dana Hills. The Sailors won section championships in 1994, 1999 and 2005.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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