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Football: Newport Harbor 34, San Clemente 13

Defense leads the way as the Sailors pull to .500 on the season. It's the third straight loss for injury-depleted San Clemente.

Newport Harbor's captains take the field. Photo/Martin Henderson
Newport Harbor's captains take the field. Photo/Martin Henderson

After a surprisingly one-sided loss to rival Corona del Mar a week ago, Newport Harbor bounced back against struggling San Clemente. The Tritons have lost three in a row—all with quarterback Sam Darnold on the bench with a season-ending foot injury.

Score: Newport Harbor 34, San Clemente 13

Key Stats: Newport Harbor’s Quest Truxton returned two interceptions for touchdowns, of 60 and 45 yards, and also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.

Pivotal Moment: After driving on Newport Harbor and pulling to 24-13, San Clemente quickly got the ball back with good field position—its own 44—as momentum appeared to shift. But Newport’s Cory Stowell returned an interception 33 yards to kill the drive, and by the time San Clemente got the ball again, Newport had run 4 1/2 minutes off the clock and added a field goal for a 27-13 lead with 2:31 left in the game.

Records: Newport Harbor (2-2), San Clemente (2-3)

Notes: Stowell and Quest Truxton had two interceptions apiece. … Truxton returned one 45 yards for a TD to close the scoring. … Truxton also scored the first touchdown, on a 24-yard pass from Cole Norris. … Newport Harbor drove 95 yards to take a 14-0 lead on the last play of the first quarter as Chance Siemonsa scored from 2 yards. … Siemonsa carried 23 times for 128 yards. … Cole Fotheringham threw two touchdowns for the Tritons, 1 yard to Cole Harlow to pull to 21-7, and 13 yards to Jake Russell  to pull to 24-13 with 8:49 remaining. … Michael Schultz kicked a 23-yard field goal for Newport Harbor. … Newport Harbor plays host to Manhattan Beach Mira Costa (2-2) next week before beginning Sunset League play against Los Alamitos on Oct. 10. … San Clemente plays Edison next week at Huntington Beach High.

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