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Laguna on Track for a Record Season

Larry Stewart carrying the ball against Estancia earlier this month. Photo by Doug Landrum

Laguna Beach took advantage of two key miscues by Calvary Chapel in the second quarter to fuel a school-record tying 34-point spurt to bury the Eagles 48-13 on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Scott Field in Costa Mesa.

 

Breakers continue on track for one of the school’s 10-best seasons in its 77-year history. The season will clearly be the most powerful and prolific offensive team in school history. Breakers are averaging 47 points a game and roll up an average of 446 yards per game in total offense. Laguna’s triple threats are Drake Martinez, averaging 169 yards per game in yards gained rushing and receiving; Norton Penney with 111 yards per game; and Robert Clemons with 82.

 

Calvary opened their homecoming game with a 12-play, 76-yard drive scoring on a seven-yard run. Laguna blocked their point-after try.  Breakers then responded with a six-play, 80-yard drive that started with a Larry Stewart to Robert Clemons 35 yard pass play. After that Norton Penney, Clemons and Drake Martinez ran the balance with Drake’s touchdown coming just two minutes after the Calvary score.

 

 

Calvary’s second possession ended when Eagle receiver Luke Kaeser, running a fly route, bobbled what looked like a sure catch. The ball was deflected into the air after a collision with Martinez and snatched by Robbie McInerny, who returned the pigskin 22 yards. Eight plays later it was 14-6 Laguna. Eagles stalled in three plays on their first possession of the second quarter and Laguna responded with a seven-play drive for their third score. After another quick three-play attempt by the Eagles, the snap for a punt was fumbled by the Calvary punter and Zach Jaffe downed the play on the Eagle eight yard line. Penney’s run made it 28-6 after the McInerny conversion.

 

Eagle frustrations continued with another three-play possession followed by a four-play Laguna drive. It concluded with Penney running 23-yards on one play followed by a 34-yard run for the score.

 

Eagles collected their last score of the game on a five-play drive that was aided by a 53-yard pass play. Breakers countered with a quick one-play drive in the final minute of the half as Stewart scrambled to find Martinez open about seven yards down field.  Drake ran past the Eagle backfield the remaining 58 yards for the score, capping the record tying quarter.

 

Laguna’s last score for the game came on the very first play from scrimmage in the second half as Norton Penney took a straight handoff 80-yards.  Breakers fumbled their only other possession of the quarter after driving to the Calvary three-yard line. The fourth period was a running clock and expired quickly after 10 incomplete Calvary passes. The Eagles (3-4, 1-1) still lead the all-time series 10-6-2.

 

 

Up next on Friday, Oct. 28 is a 7 p.m. contest with Godinez (3-4, 0-2) at Segerstrom Field (located on MacArthur between Bristol & Fairview).  Grizzlies have lost to Costa Mesa (57-7) and Estancia (35-7) with this game clearly Laguna’s key hurdle to make the playoffs. Breakers lead the series 2-1.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Laguna Beach                7                34                7                0   –                48

Calvary Chapel/SA                   6                  7                0                0  –                13

C – 7 run (kick blocked) 5:47 1st Q

L – Martinez 4 run (McInerny kick) 3:36 1st Q

L – Martinez 15 run (McInerny kick) 10:57 2nd Q

L – Martinez 10 run (McInerny kick) 6:00 2nd Q

L – Penney 8 run (McInerny kick) 4:23 2nd Q

L – Penney 34 run (kick failed) 2:32 2nd  Q

C – 8 pass (kick) 1:13 2nd Q

L – Martinez 65 pass from Stewart (McInerny kick) 0:55 2nd Q

L – Penney 80 run (McInerny kick) 11:48 3rd Q

 

 

 

LB

CC/SA

1st Downs

18

17

Rush/Yds

34-371

96

Pass Yds

119

193

C-A-I

3-8-0

18-38-1

Plays/TYG

42-490

63-289

Fumbles/Lost

2-1

3-0

Return Yds

22

0

Punts/Ave

1-10

2-41.4

Penalties/Yds

4-40

1-15

 

Rushing –  Penney 11-204, Martinez 8-94, Clemons 5-52, Lancaster 3-13, Stewart 2-0, De La Rosa 2-10,

Coury 1-1, Wollam 1-(3) Receiving:  – Martinez 1-65, Clemons 1-35, Hunter 1-19

Passing: Stewart 83-8-0 119 yards 1 TD 203.7 rating Interception Returns: – Mcinerny 1-22 Punting – Ianottii 1-10

 

Records UPDATE:

Game

34 points in 2nd Qtr TIES Laguna team record for most points in a quarter

Last done in the 4th Qtr vs. Capo High Nov 29, 1940 – 71 years ago

41 first half points – second most in school history – record is 44 set vs. Ocean View

Season

Drake Martinez tied the school record for touchdowns in a season at 20.

Shares with Bill O’Brien, 1956; Donelle Darling, 2001.

Points in a season is 136 – O’Brien had 16 PAT’s.

 

 

 

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