J.R. Tolver brought his Sage Hill School team with him to play a game in San Diego County and experience something special with its coach.
The day before the Lightning played The Bishop's of La Jolla on Saturday, Tolver was enshrined into the San Diego State Aztec Hall of Fame. Tolver, a receiver, ranks No. 1 in career receptions (262) and yards (3,572) at San Diego State.
"It was really humbling," said Tolver, who's 32. "One of the things as an athlete is you're always looking up to somebody. For me playing at San Diego State, it was guys like Marshall Faulk, La'Roi Glover and Az-Zahir Hakim. Guys that had great college careers and professional careers. Now to be in Hall of Fame and for the school to put me in the same breath as those guys is humbling.
"I love San Diego. My family and friends are there. That's the area that I still consider home."
Of the 80 friends and family members that came out to the induction ceremony, Tolver said almost half were his players.
"It meant a lot for them to be there because they're my extended family," Tolver said. "It was our first overnight trip together. It was great to see the guys bond together and learn a little bit about each other."
Newport Harbor (2-2) played as if it were the favorite against the Tritons, who reached the CIF Pac-5 Division title game a year ago, when they posted a 24-12 triumph over the Tars.
The Sailors' defense, led by the senior linebackers Marty Taylor and Brian Team, as well as senior Talaleile Teaupa, held San Clemente to a late touchdown.
Estancia and University ran wild in the first half, combining for 490 yards and eight touchdowns, thanks to officials letting the two teams play.
Only one offensive holding penalty was called in the first 24 minutes of action and it came against the Trojans. That didn't stop them from amassing 295 yards on 29 carries before halftime.
University finished with 450 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, while Estancia had 237 yards and four touchdowns.
"Those guys were elusive," Bargas said of University's Jassiem Jenkins, Keyvan Bardia Aminzadeh and Chase Alibrando, who each gained at least 100 yards on the ground. "We weren't wrapping up. We had a couple of breakdowns and then the wheels kind of fall off the cart."
Meyer expects Kai Wilson back this week.
Meyer said the senior running back has missed the past two road games with ankle and Achilles tendon issues.
Without Wilson, the Sea Kings have relied heavily on quarterback Cayman Carter to produce on the ground. Carter rushed for 46 yards on 15 carries against Capistrano Valley and 166 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries two weeks ago against Newport Harbor.
Costa Mesa senior center Rudy Aguirre could be out with a hip injury that Grant said could be either a flexor or a pointer.
With Aguirre out on Saturday, Costa Mesa lost two fumbles on center-quarterback exchanges, one of which led to Pacifica's game-clinching touchdown.
"We shot ourselves in the foot multiple times," Grant said.
Newport Harbor, which has won two straight after opening the season 0-2, will try to extend its winning streak on Friday at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. A victory would give the Sailors their first three-game winning streak since they opened the 2010 campaign 3-0.
Three turnovers and a blocked punt stung the Eagles in their second straight setback against a Pacific Coast League team.