AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMira Costa went into Friday night’s nonleague contest hoping to gain momentum going into next week’s Bay League opener. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Newport Harbor and running back Danny Miller had other ideas as the junior ran for 201 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sailors to a 39-30 nonleague victory at Newport Harbor. Newport Harbor quarterback Andrew McDonald passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s a terrific runner,” Mira Costa coach Don Morrow said of Miller. “They have a very good quarterback and wide receiver. They are three good weapons. We knew that going in, but we just didn’t stop them when we needed to.” Mira Costa (2-3) got on the scoreboard first when senior quarterback Sean Kelly hit Jon-Mikal Personius for a 34-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. NONLEAGUE: Mira Costa fails to slow down Newport Harbor. By David Rice CORRESPONDENT Early in the second quarter after Newport Harbor had cut the Mustangs lead to 7-6, Kelly scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw to give Mira Costa a 14-6 lead. But Newport Harbor (4-1) scored on two straight possessions with McDonald finding Henry Pyle for a an 8-yard touchdown pass and J.B. Green on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Sailors a 20-14 lead. With Newport Harbor leading 20-17 midway through the third quarter, Kelly capped an 80-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard sneak to give the Mustangs the lead, 24-20. “Our offense played well tonight, especially our passing,” said Kelly, who threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 80 yards and two more scores. “This nonleague schedule helped us to get ready for the real season – league play.” With Newport Harbor leading, 31-24, with just more than seven minutes to play in the game and Mira Costa driving, Kelly attempted an option pitch to running back Adrien Dotson. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Dotson did not catch the pitch and Newport Harbor recovered on the Mustangs’ 48-yard line. Two plays later, McDonald gave Newport Harbor a 15-point cushion when he hooked up with Green for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion gave the Sailors a 39-24 lead with 7:42 remaining. Mira Costa drove down the field, scoring with four minutes remaining on Kelly’s second touchdown pass – a 6-yard strike to junior Michael Tam to pull the Mustangs within 39-30. Mira Costa elected to go for a two-point conversion, but Dotson was stopped short of the goal line on a run to clinch the win for Newport Harbor. “We couldn’t afford to turn the ball over tonight as every possession was important in the game,” Morrow said. “After we scored the last touchdown, we decided to go for two because had to at least once to have a chance.” Next week Mira Costa plays defending Bay League champion West Torrance in their league opener.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!