NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Harbor soccer coach Peter Lofthouse got here into Friday evening’s CIF-SS playoff sport in opposition to Valencia feeling extraordinarily ready.
The Sailors appeared prepared in all phases of the sport and received the battle of defending CIF-SS champions 43-17 over Valencia of Valencia within the first spherical of the Division 4 playoffs at Newport Harbor Excessive.
“This was certainly, our greatest week of prep and apply,” Lofthouse stated. “Our youngsters positively confirmed it on the sector and once you apply and put together effectively, you often play effectively.”
The Vikings, who received the Division 5 title final season, had been outmatched from the start as Newport Harbor (7-4) used protection and massive connections from quarterback Colton Joseph and vast receiver Josiah Lamarque to leap forward.
Joseph completed 16 of 18 for 213 yards and 4 whole touchdowns (three passing and one speeding), whereas Lamarque caught eight passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Kashton Henjum added 5 receptions for 90 yards.
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Newport Harbor, the Division 6 champs a yr in the past, might be on the highway in opposition to Newbury Park subsequent week within the quarterfinals.
The Sailors took their opening drive to the Valencia 1-yard line after a Lamarque catch however had been referred to as for a false-start penalty on the subsequent play. They elected to have Jon Richardson kick a 23-yard discipline aim to open the scoring.
On the subsequent possession for Valencia (5-6), the Sailors’ Garrett Emerson picked off Tyler Erickson and returned it 29 yards for a pick-six and a 10-0 lead.
Emerson, a senior cornerback, blocked a punt on the subsequent Vikings drive which helped arrange Joseph’s 38-yard TD go to Lamarque on a fourth-down play to make it 17-0.
“When you may have your finest guys on the sector and so they’re shifting the ball you may have extra confidence as a coach,” Lofthouse stated, “so you are feeling assured and certain that they’re going to execute on fourth down.”
Emerson, Jacob Carlon, Tanner Muir and Cam Denoon led a defensive unit that collected 4 sacks and two interceptions.
Erickson was below fixed strain all evening and was unable to get in a rhythm with receivers Brandon Boateng, Ralph Testa and Jayboe Wilson till the top of the sport when the end result was all however determined.
“They’re beginning to play with some extra confidence once more and getting that swagger again,” Lofthouse stated of his protection. “Emerson bought the pick-six, you noticed guys hitting the quarterback as quickly as he’s throwing it and placing lots of strain (on him), it’s a trickle-down impact, once you play with confidence, the group begins taking part in at the next degree and that occurred tonight.”
Joseph’s second quarter TD-run and Robby Crowell’s 39-yard landing run made it 31-0 earlier than Valencia’s Brandon Boateng returned the following kickoff 96-yards for a landing. Boateng additionally scored on a five-yard go from Erickson within the fourth quarter whereas Vikings placekicker Cameron Fontal made a 48-yard discipline aim late within the third quarter.