Los Angeles Preps: Jeff Brinkley

Orange County: On his opening night, he was Buzzy as a B

September, 9, 2010
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When running back Cedric Whitaker left Newport Harbor after the spring without so much as a goodbye, he left the Sailors in a predicament. Their response? Give the ball to Buzzy.

Buzzy Yokoyama – it's his real name – made his varsity debut at running back on Thursday in a 17-6 victory over Trabuco Hills. The experiment seemed to go pretty well. Yokoyama's first night in the petri dish yielded 113 yards in 18 carries, and he also returned a kickoff 75 yards in the final minute of the first half that turned momentum back in favor of the Sailors and eventually led to a field goal as time expired for a 10-6 lead. Not bad for a converted wide receiver.

Jeff Brinkley, beginning his 25th season as coach at Newport, was hoping that his team could develop a running game to go with a quarterback the program has a lot of confidence in, Austin Rios. The running game showed potential.

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Orange County: In its opener, Newport Harbor enjoys the moments

September, 9, 2010
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It was not an extraordinary effort by Newport Harbor on Thursday when the Sailors opened their season with a 17-6 nonleague victory at home against Trabuco Hills.

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Jeff Brinkley, right, began his 25th season as coach of Newport Harbor on Thursday night.


However, Newport showed extraordinary timing.

It was a night of moments as the Sailors got their first-game jitters out of the way and beat a squad that last week had posted a shutout under first-year coach Scott Orloff.

What kinds of moments did the Sailors have?

Stunning moments. Like when Trabuco (1-1) lined up to kick a 36-yard field goal to take a six-point lead, only to have 6-foot-4 lineman J.B. Salem bust through the wall of blockers and block the ball, which bounced off the ground nicely and nestled easily into the grasp of Asa Lohr – who sprinted 73 yards for a touchdown to give Newport a 7-3 lead.

Stunning moments. Like when Trabuco's Oleg Parent kicked a 32-yard field goal with 33 seconds left in the half to make it a one-point game, 7-6, but Buzzy Yokoyama returned the kickoff 75 yards to the 20. Newport's Christian Ochoa kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired for a 10-6 lead.

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