Titans Can’t Slow Down Newport Harbor in 48-7 Defeat

San Marino’s Cole Cribbs (white jersey) defends a pass against Newport Harbor.
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San Marino’s Cole Cribbs (white jersey) defends a pass against Newport Harbor.

The San Marino High School varsity football team couldn’t keep up with host Newport Harbor of Newport Beach, falling to the Sailors, 48-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
Newport Harbor, No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 9, scored 48 unanswered points and brought the Titans down to 1-5 on the season.
San Marino was the first team to get on the board early when Niko Mavridis connected with Trond Grizzell for a 71-yard touchdown pass with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
That’s as good as it got for the Titans’ offense as junior quarterback Cole Lavin threw five touchdown passes for the Sailors, who improved to 5-0 on the season. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 222 yards.
Despite the tough loss, the game against the Sailors was good preparation for San Marino’s Rio Hondo League opener this Friday, Oct. 4, at home. The Titans will square off with Monrovia, which is ranked No. 4 in CIF-SS Division 9, just two spots below Newport Harbor.
The Wildcats (5-1 overall) have recorded victories over West Covina, Alta Loma, South Hills, Covina and El Monte Arroyo.
Kickoff between league rivals San Marino and Monrovia at Titan Stadium this Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SMHS defender Yohannes Zerihn brings down a Sailor in last Friday’s loss.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
SMHS defender Yohannes Zerihn brings down a Sailor in last Friday’s loss.

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