Calvary Falls 39-14
Football (6-4, 4-1)
Breakers rallied from a 6-0 deficit and cashed in a number of opportunities from the Calvary Chapel Eagles (3-7, 3-2) to defeat the visitors for the first time in four years.
Laguna now advances to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and only the 17th time in the school’s 82 varsity seasons. Breakers will travel to Duarte to face the 7-3 Falcons at their stadium Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Breakers and Duarte scrimmaged this past August and the Montview League Champions (Azuza, Nogales, Gladstone, Workman, Sierra Vista) are similar to Godinez and have not passed the ball well in their recent games.
In last Friday’s contest once again the game started bleak as Laguna was unable to move the ball following an interception by Sean Nolan on Calvary’s opening drive. Breakers punted after three downs and Calvary responded on their second possession with a picture-perfect 76-yard pass play to take the lead 6-0. The extra point try caromed off the goalpost to keep the score at 6-0.
Laguna finally looked poised as the Breakers responded with a 10-play drive of their own to score on a Curtis Harrison run and to take the lead on a Nolan PAT.
Laguna defense snagged six Calvary passes and held the Eagles four times on downs to frustrate the visitors all evening. Tempers flared and at one point early in the second period; each team had a player ejected. The Laguna player was later exonerated by CIF on a post-game review and will not miss the next game.
Adam Armstrong spoiled Calvary’s third possession of the game with an interception on the Calvary 24 that he returned to the 15. Breakers were unable to move the ball and settled for a 32-yard field goal. Calvary’s next possession went six plays and 19 yards, but was ended on downs as a fourth-and-1 pass play that misconnected with the receiver. Breakers came right back to mover 23-yards and set up Nolan’s second field goal and Laguna held a 13-6 lead after one period.
Calvary followed the second field goal with a strong 54-yard 14 play drive but their attempt for touchdown bomb was snagged by Sean Nolan in the end zone for another interception.
From there in the second period, Laguna gave Calvary three great chances to get back in the game. Breakers first lost a possession on a fumble at the Laguna 38-yard line. Laguna defense held and the Eagles had to punt.
Laguna then was hit with an intentional grounding call in their own end-zone. An automatic safety and Calvary earned two points plus great field position off a kick from the Laguna 25. Calvary then drove deep into Laguna territory, but lost the ball on downs as a fourth down pass play misfired for a loss of yards and the ball.
Laguna’s final gift came on an interception deep in Calvary territory. The Eagles failed to move and their short punt gave the Breakers great field position. On the second play, Harrison hit Bruce Knill on a screen pass and the senior back weaved through the Calvary secondary for a 37-yard score. Calvary’s final possession of the first half ended on another Armstrong interception and Laguna took a 20-6 lead into halftime.
The contest’s outcome was settled in the first few minutes of the third quarter as Laguna scored on an eight play drive to start the half. Calvary’s initial possession ended on their second play as Matt Hayes took the Eagle pass 20 yards to the Calvary 10 on the interception. One play, one pass by Curtis Harrison and it was 33-8. A bad snap spoiled the extra point try.
FM radio station KX 93.5 will be broadcasting the CIF playoff live. Year to date and game statistics are posted at the Laguna MAX PREPS page.
C – 76 pass (kick failed) 9:05 1st Q
L – Harrison 5 run (Nolan kick) 5:37 1st Q
L – Nolan 32 FG 3:55 1st Q
L – Nolan 33 FG 0:34 1st Q
C – SAFETY – Intentional Grounding Penalty in End Zone 6:30 2nd Q
L – Knill 37 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 1:15 2nd Q
L – Langton 31 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 9:09 3rd Q
L – Nolan 10 pass from Harrison ( bad snap) 8:11 3rd Q
C – 36 pass ( pass failed) 6:13 3rd Q
L – M Hayes 23 run (kick failed) 6:11 4th Q
Rushing: Harrison 20-52, Knill 9-12, M Hayes 6-57, TEAM 6-(13), Passing: Harrison 24-15-1 185 yds 3TDs 160.2 rating
Receiving: Armstrong 8-87, Knill 2-52, Langton 1-31, Nolan 1-10, Blaser 2-(3), Moriarty 1-8, KO Returns: French 1-12, Knill 1-27, Interception Returns; Nolan 3-0, Armstrong 2-9, M Hayes 1-20, Punting: Nolan 1-37
Sean Nolan: 6 FG tied for 4th, 32 XP1 Ranks 3rd, 50 kick scoring points ranks 3rd
Curtis Harrison: 1,604 yards passing ranks 7th, 18 TD passes ranks tied for 4th, 1,819 total offense ranks 9th
25 touchdowns responsible for ranks 4th. QB rating (NCAA formula) – ranks 6th
Ryan Blaser 37 catches ranks tied for 18th, 530 receiving yards ranks 16th.