Breakers Run Past Stars 55-26
Laguna extended their win-streak with an easy rout of Mary Star of the Sea (0-4) at quaint Daniels Field in San Pedro last Friday. Once again, Laguna’s runners used the big play to roll to an early lead that saw the hosts use a running clock in the last period, limiting the game time for the Breaker reserves.
Game opened with Robbie McInerny kicking another touchback, his first of five for the evening giving the Stars the start on their own 20-yard line. Two hurried plays later, Breakers recovered a fumble on the Star’s 18-yard line and Laguna was underway. Norton Penney tallied the first touchdown set up on a great Larry Stewart to Travis Clawson pass play.
Mary Star went three plays for two yards on their next possession, punting the ball to the Laguna 45-yard line. Three plays later, Drake Martinez hit pay dirt on a 3-yard run after his 46-yard scamper fell short.
Stars showed some life going 75 yards in 12 plays to cut the lead to 14-7 but Penney quickly added another score with a 91-yard off-tackle run on the first play of Laguna’s third possession.
Breaker’s next score came early in the second period when Drake Martinez intercepted a pass on Laguna’s 22-yard line. Four plays of runs by Robert Clemons (40, 12 yards) and Martinez (3, 28) added a fourth touchdown in as many possessions. McInerney’s kick was blocked making the score 27-7.The Stars next possession lasted for seven plays but penalties dug them into a hole, forcing a punt that was downed on the Laguna 27-yard mark. Seconds later it was 34-7 as Martinez scored again this time for a 73-yard, one-play drive.
After the touchback kickoff, Stars scored their second touchdown on an 80-yard, 10-play drive. Breakers almost answered the scored again before halftime but ran out of time on the Star’s 6-yard line.
It was more of the same in the third quarter before the running clock limited the Stars to a nine-play drive for their last score. Laguna’s last possession had barely time for six plays before the game ended.
The third quarter highlight was Zach Jaffe’s blocking of the Star’s punt attempt, setting up Laguna’s last score
Up this week is a long bus ride on Friday to Jurupa Hills in Fontana. The Spartans are a new school lacking a senior class but should provide Laguna a stiffer battle in preparation for next week’s homecoming and league opener with defending champion Estancia, Oct. 14 at Guyer Field.
L – Penney 3 run (McInerny kick) 9:57 1st Q
L – Martinez 3 run (McInerny kick) 7:30 1st
M – 8 run (kick) 2:52 1st Q
L – Penney 91 run (McInerny kick) 2:25 1st Q
L – Martinez 28 run (kick blocked) 9:17 2nd Q
L – Martinez 73 run (McInerny kick) 4:41 2nd Q
M – 2 run (kick) 0:41 2nd Q
L – Clemons 31 run (McInerny kick) 10:31 3rd Q
M – 8 run (kick blocked) 6:39 3rd Q
L – Lancaster 41 run (McInerny kick) 3:37 3rd Q
L – Penney 1 run (McInerny kick) 0:30 3rd Q
M – 30 pass (run failed) 5:54 4th Q
Rushing: Martinez 11-178, Penney 8-140, Clemons 3-83, Lancaster 2-52,
Wollam 3-11, Jaffe 1-5, De la Rosa 1-3, Coury 1-8
Receiving: Clawson 1-22, Reigel 1-23, Penney 1-10
Passing: Stewart 6-3-0 55 yards, no TDs, 127.0 rating
Interceptions: Martinez 1-0 Punt Returns: Jaffe 1-7 KO Returns: Penney 1-6, Lancaster 2-60, Reigel 1-17 Punting: none
KO:McInerny 9 kicks, 5 touchbacks
Penney rush for 91 yards – 2nd longest ever, Record 93, John Luna @Saddleback, 1985, 55 team points – tied for 5th most ( 3 of top 6 set in 2011), 81 combined points – tied for 13th, 34 points in first half – 7th best, 4 wins to start season – tied for 8th best
480 yards rush – 3rd best ever, 535 total offense – 3rd best ever
On the Season ranking list:
Rush yards – Martinez 679 ranks 12th, Touchdowns – Martinez 12 ranks 10th , Rushing Touchdowns – Martinez 11 ranks 7th
Season Extra points – Mcinerny 26 ranks tied for 5th
Career Marks: Penney 15 career TDs ranks tied for 14th
Win Streaks – 6 ranks tied for 10th in the 77 varsity season history, record is 11 set in 1967-68.
Photos By Doug Landrum.