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Newport Harbor football survives fourth-quarter comeback bid by Trabuco Hills
Posted 9/20/22

Newport Harbor football survives fourth-quarter comeback bid by Trabuco Hills

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Newport Harbor’s Payton Irving, left, runs by a tackle attempt by Trabuco Hill’s Lucas Short, right, during the varsity football game Friday September, 16, 2022 in Newport Beach.
(Photo by Greg Andersen, Contributing Photographer)

Newport Harbor’s Payton Irving, left, runs by a tackle attempt by Trabuco Hill’s Lucas Short, right, during the varsity football game Friday September, 16, 2022 in Newport Beach. (Photo by Greg Andersen, Contributing Photographer)

By MANNY ALVAREZ | preps@ocregister.com | Correspondent / Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: September 17, 2022 at 12:30 a.m. | UPDATED: September 17, 2022 at 12:39 a.m.

NEWPORT BEACH – Newport Harbor’s football team withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Trabuco Hills for a 27-24 nonleague victory Friday night at Newport Harbor High.

The Sailors (4-1) had a 17-point lead with less than eight minutes left in the game, but Trabuco Hills (3-1) battled back in the final minutes before running out of time.

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Newport Harbor’s Josiah Lamarque, right, gets past Trabuco Hill’s Ethan Apostle, left, during the varsity football game Friday September, 16, 2022 in Newport Beach. (Photo by Greg Andersen, Contributing Photographer)

“That’s our defense,” Newport Harbor wide receiver Kashton Henjum said. “Even though we kept getting three and out, our defense was still fighting. Even when they scored, it was a six-minute drive, so they made them work for it. That’s our defense. They’re just going to keep working for it.”

Following a 1-yard touchdown run from Trabuco Hills’ Joey Carlos, Sailors quarterback Colton Joseph tied the game up with a touchdown pass to Payton Irving from 19 yards.

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Joseph would throw his next two touchdown passes to Josiah Lamarque from 13 and 3 yards. Joseph added a touchdown on a 1-yard run.

 

 

Newport Harbor’s defense prevented Mustangs quarterback Will Burns from scoring through the air.

Burns completed 20 of 44 passes for 249 yards with three interceptions while also running for 91 yards on nine carries.

“Our defense was strong tonight,” Newport Harbor coach Peter Lofthouse. “They did a great job. Their quarterback is phenomenal outside the pocket, running around and extending plays. That was a big challenge for us late in the game.”

 

 

Trabuco Hills’ fourth-quarter rally included two touchdown runs by Taylor Bowie to make it a three-point game.

The Mustangs got the ball back at their 6-yard line with less than a minute left in the contest. Their last-gasp pass was intercepted by Billy Ridley as time expired.

Joseph completed 22 of 35 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Irving ran for 93 yards on 18 carries and caught two passes for 32 yards and a score.

Lamarque caught seven passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

Henjum caught eight passes for 105 yards for Newport Harbor despite being locked down in the first half.

“They were double-covering Kashton,” Joseph said. “He’s a big threat, so I had to spread the ball all around. I had to find my targets and go through my reads. We were confident we could pull off the win.”

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Chris Padilla caught eight passes for 117 yards for the Mustangs while Ryan Luce caught six passes for 53 yards. Ethan Apostle had 13 tackles for Trabuco Hills.

Trabuco Hills plays at Segerstrom on Friday, Sept. 23, and Newport Harbor will host Los Alamitos on Sept. 30.