Newport Harbor cruises in opener
NEWPORT BEACH – If season openers are about discovering what you have, then Newport Harbor certainly arrived at one conclusion.
The Sailors have every bit the blocking scheme they thought they had coming out of training camp.
Newport Harbor’s offense faced little duress as the Sailors routed Eisenhower of Rialto, 44-0, Thursday night in a nonleague game at Newport Harbor High.
Sailors quarterback Michael Bonds stood comfortably in the pocket, hitting his target on all six passing attempts for 62 yards on the opening drive. Jamie McNeil polished it off with a 1-yard run for the 7-0 lead.
“We did a great job,” Sailors coach Jeff Brinkley said in praise of his protection unit. “Bonds had great protection. It was because of the protection that he could sit in the pocket.”
Max Spruill, Elliot Frye, Mike Jarboe, Matthew Torres and Blake Terry made up an offensive line that was a big part of that drive, and their impact spread over to the special teams unit. Jack Rapillo scored on punt returns of 58 and 29 yards in the first quarter to take the Sailors’ lead to 21-0. He went untouched on both returns.
In the second quarter, Newport Harbor continued to pour it on. Gage Roberson made it 28-0 with a 3-yard run. Cole Kinder added runs of 7 and 52 yards as the Sailors took a 44-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
Bonds was 10 of 12 for 101 passing yards in his first varsity start.
The Sailors also got pressure on the Eagles’ kicking game. Alex Pearce partially blocked a punt in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Tom Phillips knocked down a punt in the end zone to secure a safety.
Eisenhower moved the chains for the first time with two minutes remaining in the second quarter, as Sebastein Subero put together a pair of evasive rushes to move the ball into Newport Harbor territory.
Subero had 18 carries for 81 yards.
“He runs hard all the time,” Eagles coach Mike Clark said. “It’s a pleasure having him out here. He got some good, tough yards.”
Cardell Fulgham forced and recovered a fumble on defense for the Eagles.