The Newport Harbor High football team has been on a roll, winning four straight since its league-opening setback to Edison. Three of those games have been close.
Friday's road victory against Los Alamitos went into overtime after quarterback Cole Norris brought back Newport Harbor yet again.
The sophomore, who recorded 247 of 335 his passing yards and four touchdown passes in the second half, engineered an eight-play, 69-yard game-tying drive in regulation, using just 44 seconds.
Norris hooked up with wide receiver Quest Truxton on an eight-yard touchdown pass, the third scoring connection between the two. With 20 seconds left, the Sailors trailed, 28-26, and needed a two-point conversion to tie the game and send it into overtime.
After two defensive penalties, Norris handed the ball off to running back Riley Gaddis and the sophomore scored to even the game.
In overtime, Los Alamitos had the first chance on offense, starting on the Sailors' 25-yard line. The defense stopped the Griffins, who went for it on fourth-and-six from the 11. Ramsey Hufford, a junior defensive tackle, sacked quarterback Cody Marshall to set up Newport Harbor with a chance to win it.
The Sailors came up short on converting a first down and they went to their kicker. Schultz, a sophomore, had struggled, missing a key extra-point kick that would've tied the score at 21-21 with 4:18 left to play in regulation.
Before Schultz could attempt a game-winning field-goal try, a false start penalty on the Sailors moved the ball back five yards. From 37 yards out, Schultz delivered one of the biggest wins Brinkley has ever experienced with the Sailors.
"That was great for him," Brinkley said of Schultz. "I'm thrilled for him."
Perfect is how Corona del Mar High capped Pacific Coast League play.
The Sea Kings beat rival Beckman, 33-7, at Tustin High on Friday to win every league game for the first time in program history.
CdM, which finished 5-0 in league, came close last year to an undefeated league title before losing to Beckman, 42-37, in the league finale.
After closing out the regular season on a perfect note, the Sea Kings want to close out the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs perfect.
The defending section champion Sea Kings (8-2 overall) earned the top seed in the Southern Division and will open the postseason against Anaheim (5-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Anaheim (5-5) finished third in the Orange League.
Estancia High clinched second place outright in the Orange Coast League with Friday's 51-17 victory over Calvary Chapel on senior night.
Coach Mike Bargas is hopeful that his team is finally getting healthy, heading into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs. Estancia plays host to Los Amigos in the first round Friday night.
Against Calvary Chapel, Estancia got back standout right guard/linebacker Adahir Aguilera, who saw limited action. Aguilera had been out for three weeks with a knee injury and, while Bargas said he was "really rusty" against Calvary Chapel, it was good to see him on the field.
Estancia also got back senior lineman/kicker Dan Cabrera, after a one-week absence due to a minor ankle sprain. Cabrera made five conversion kicks Friday, as well as a 41-yard field goal.
Bargas said Estancia did lose safety Cole Mensinger (knee) and linebacker Jackson Letterman (Achilles) during the game.
"Hopefully those guys will heal up and we'll be at full strength [this] week, minus Kevin Peters of course," Bargas said.