The Oilers are 5-1 and have been putting up some points during their four-game run. They have scored 32 of more points in each of their last four victories and last week came away with a 54-3 win over rival Marina. Newport Harbor is 3-3 and last week opened league play with a 33-7 home win over Fountain Valley. The Sailors' two losses are to South Coast League teams: Trabuco Hills and undefeated San Clemente.
"Yeah, they lost a few games but look at who they've lost to," Lo said. "They've really come around the last few weeks and have a lot of talent. I think their running back (Titus Hasson) is very fast, they have a good offensive line and their quarterback (Cole Blower) appears to be a tough guy who takes some hits but still delivers the ball.
"Defensively, I really like their middle linebacker (Ethan Cochran). They have a good defense end (Steve Michaelsen) and No. 4 (Hasson) is good at strong safety, as well. They have quite a few good athletes."
Newport Harbor's balance on both sides of the ball against Fountain Valley went a long way in its win. The Sailors used an aggressive defensive push against the Barons, one that resulted in a safety and two interceptions, including a 53-yard return for a touchdown by Marty Taylor. Blower threw for a touchdown and Hasson and Grant Frazier both rushed for scores.
Lo liked what he saw from his Oilers in their win over Marina. The Oilers were up 20-0 in the first quarter and led, 27-3, at the half. Quarterback Michael Chislock threw for 132 yards and threw touchdown passes to Chris Ogilvie and Ramon Vargas. Running back Fisher Chavira rushed for a game-high 126 yards and Nolan Beigel ran just five times but picked up 45 yards and scored twice. Marco Valenzuela (63-yard punt) and Austin Simpkins (78-yard kickoff) had big-time returns that set up two of the Oilers' scores.