Eagles 27 - Newport Harbor 7
NEWPORT BEACH, CA., December 5, 1997 – The Eagles defeated Sea View League rival Newport Harbor 27-7 at Davidson Field to post their 24th consecutive win and advance to their second consecutive CIF Division V Championship Game. It was the fourth time in 22 games and fifth time in 30 games that the Eagles and Sailors have squared off. The Eagles scored on their first possession as Bryant Wolfsberger scored on a 12-yard run on the Eagles first drive to post a 7-0 lead. On the Sailors first play from scrimmage, John Minardi intercepted a pass to set up Nick Sparks 39-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter Carson Palmer found Matt Brooks on a 57-yard Td pass to make it 17-0 at the half. In the third quarter Greg Orlando took a lateral from Palmer and found Minardi on a 25-yard Td pass to up the lead to 24-0. A 20-yard field goal from Sparks made it 27-0. The Sailors were never able to penetrate mid-field and only were able to set up shop in Eagle territory on the basis of an interception (Eagle 45) and a botched snap on a punt (Eagle 29). The botched snap led to a Brett Baker Td with 4:00 left which cut the Eagle lead to 27-7. The sailors struggled all night managing 130 yards of total offense and eight first downs on 51 plays.
Palmer led the offense with 300 yards passing, while Minardi contributed 160 yards on eight receptions and added two interceptions. Andrew Holstein spearheaded the Eagle defense with 14 tackles while Nick Cappelletti and Jesse Wyatt added 12 each.
By Adrian Peters
Sports Information Director