High School Football Preview: Newport Harbor vs. Fullerton

Newport Harbor (7-5) vs. Fullerton (10-2)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Davidson Field

Key Sailors: Sr. WR-CB-KR-PR Quest Truxton (69 catches for 1,182 yards and 16 TDs, two INTs returned for TDs); Jr. QB Cole Norris (2,546 yards, 23 TDs and six INTs on 188 of 323 passing); Sr. OT-DT Ramsey Hufford

Key Indians: Sr. QB Scott Lloyd (2,484 yards, 31 TDs and four INTs on 161 of 267 passing, 752 yards and 11 TDs on 112 carries); Sr. WR James Hubbard (60 catches for 1,086 yards and 14 TDs); Sr. TE-LB Matt Hall (17 catches for 206 yards and six TDs)

Breakdown: Newport Harbor plays host to Fullerton in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs … Sailors are making their first semifinals appearance in eight years … Fullerton is the third-place team from the Freeway League and its two losses came against league teams, La Habra and Buena Park, which were eliminated from the postseason in the quarterfinals and first round, respectively … Newport Harbor, which shared second place in the Sunset League, joins league foes Edison and Huntington Beach in the semifinals … Fullerton-Newport Harbor winner faces the winner between Edison and Huntington Beach in the section finale at Angel Stadium on Dec. 7 … Fullerton quarterback Scott Lloyd is a threat with his arm and legs … Sailors allowed La Habra dual-threat quarterback Eric Barriere to throw for 247 yards and two TDs and rush for 167 yards and two TDs in Newport Harbor's 49-48 semifinal upset of the top-seeded Highlanders … Newport Harbor is 7-2 in the semifinals under Coach Jeff Brinkley.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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