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Marina Has Last Word in 21-6 Loss

September 20, 1997|BRENT SHAVER

Newport Harbor held Marina scoreless until the last play of the game in the Sailors' 21-6 victory Friday night at Newport Harbor.

Newport Harbor (2-0) took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, when Viking Chris Sailor's punt was blocked and Lamar Lee returned the ball 15 yards for a touchdown.

The score remained 7-0 until early in the fourth quarter. Brett Baker scored on a 14-yard run and the Sailors had a 14-0 lead with 11:05 left to play.

Robert Peredia scored from three yards for a 21-0 Newport Harbor lead.

Marina (1-1) scored its only points when Scot Austin found Donald Lank with an eight-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game.

Baker finished with 22 carries for 99 yards. Baker also had an interception.

University 14, El Monte Arroyo 14--University is getting closer to a victory.

After a tough one-point loss to Irvine last week, University tied El Monte Arroyo in a back-and-forth nonleague football game at Arroyo.

The Trojans (0-1-1) had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but Chris Gray's 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Arroyo's Jesse Ortiz with less than 10 seconds left in the game.

University recovered the ball on its 49-yard line, but quarterback Andy Dennis' pass fell incomplete to end the game.

Dennis and cornerback Chet Johnson got University into field-goal range.

After Johnson intercepted a pass by Arroyo's Kenny Smith and returned it to University's 46-yard line with 21 seconds left, Dennis found Jeff Albinio for a 30-yard pass to Arroyo's 24-yard line. The field goal was then blocked.

The interception was Johnson's second of the game and University's third of the night.

But the Trojans didn't have a lot success against Smith and the Knights' passing attack in the first half.

Smith racked up 179 yards passing and two touchdowns in the first half.

University was able to stay in the game on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Damian Defeo to Raemone Sequeira with 8:29 left in the first half. University trailed, 14-7, at halftime.

The Trojans tied the score, 14-14, on a one-yard run by Defeo with 7:58 left in the game.

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