Corona del Mar High School forced seven turnovers Friday night and had two impressive goal-line stands in its 13-10 victory over rival Newport Harbor in front of 3,000 on Davidson Field.
Both teams, which finished 2-3 in the Sea View league, were hoping for Tustin to beat University to force a three-way tie and a coin flip to determine the league's third-place Central Conference playoff representative. University's upset of the Tillers meant that Newport Harbor (5-5 overall) and Corona del Mar (4-6) can now only hope for a wild card berth.
The Sailors' defense helped Newport Harbor take an early lead. Matt McDonald recovered Sean Woolsey's fumble on the Sea King 25 yard-line. Three plays later, Kirk Summers hit Mark Craig in the corner of the end zone with a 17-yard pass at the 8:32 mark of the first quarter. Craig caught 8 passes for 156 yards. The Sea Kings tied the score at the end of the first quarter on an 11-yard pass from Kurt Ehman to Gary Blower.
With 14 seconds left in the first half, Newport Harbor had a first down at the Corona del Mar three-yard line but Sean Steele intercepted Summers in the end zone to end the threat.