Laguna Loses 48-24
2nd quarter turnovers stall momentum
Laguna took a 3-hour, 80-mile trip to Hesperia last Friday night and seemed to surprise themselves with their ability to keep up to the deeper Bulldogs. The game was played at the new school in a large natural turf stadium with a sizable home crowd.
Oak Hills took the opening kickoff 53 yards, setting up a short 39-yard drive on six plays for their first score. Laguna responded with a 85-yard, five-play drive of their own that culminated in a 55-yard pass play from Austin Paxson to speedy Robert Clemons III. Clemons took a 15-yard pass and broke tackles and turned on the speed to make the score.
Breakers second possession of the game came after a Drake Martinez interception. Laguna drove to the Bulldog 30, but the officials waived off an obvious pass interference call on an end zone play to Chris Paul and the Breakers eventually lost the ball on downs. Oak Hills took the ball over and connected on a 45-yard field goal to take a 10-7 advantage.
The following possession resulted in the first of two interceptions, digging the Breakers into a 17-7 hole. After going three plays and out, Laguna got a break when they recovered a fumbled punt return on the Oak Hills 45 yard line. Laguna seemed to be on their way to getting back in the game when a difficult pass play resulted in a 92-yard interception return for the killer score.
Still Laguna came out in the second half ready to play taking their first possession 80 yards on nine plays to cut the lead to 24-17. On the very next scrimmage play, Oak Hills player Marshaun Coprich broke a key tackle to out run Laguna for an 83-yard touchdown. Paul answered with his own big play, breaking tackles and taking the kickoff 99 yards to trim the score to 31-24.
Oak Hills played it smart after that churning out a long 82-yard drive on 10 running plays to lead 38-24.
Laguna appeared to be on their way to answer that call when Paxson was stripped of the ball, setting up the Bulldogs last field goal and ending Laguna’s quest for victory.
League play starts today, Friday, Oct. 15, as Laguna travels to Estancia (1-4), a team the Breakers have defeated five straight meetings and hold an 11-10 series edge.
O – 1 run (kick)
L – Clemons 55 pass from Paxson (Paxson kick)
O – 45 FG
O – 26 Interception return (kick)
O – 92 interception return (kick)
L – 35 Paxson FG
L – Clawson 10 pass from Paxson (Paxson kick)
O – 83 run (kick)
L – Paul 99 kick-off return (Paxson kick)
O – 6 run (kick)
O – 45 FG
O – 21 run (kick)
Rushing: Penney 9-48, Jaffe 4-23, Clawson 1-(1), Clemons 1-(3), Paxson 4-(34)
Receiving: Clemons 6-108 1TD, Paul 4-37, Reigel 3-43, Clawson 3-33 1TD, Penney 1-2
Passing: Paxson 34-17-2, 223 yards, 2 TDs 112.7 rating
Interceptions: D. Martinez 1-4, Reigel 1-0
KOR: Paul 5-207, 41.4 ave, Clemons 1-13, Morgan 1-6
Punting: Stewart 3-83, 27.7 average
Austin Paxson became Laguna’s 1st 4,000 yard career passer, 267-512-19 4,083 yards 46 TDs 141.4 rating.
Paxson set the career record for passing attempts, old record 503 by Alex Wilson and Charlie Bowman
Paxson is 12 completions short of the career completions record
Chris Pauls 99 yard kick-off return is 2nd longest in school history. The longest ever, a 100-yard return took place when end zone kick off returns were allowed by CIF. Bailon Arabe @ Dana Hills, Nov 9, 1978. Paul is just 10 points away from tying the career scoring record
Frosh-Soph Football Scores
d. Northwood 42-14, d. Ocean View 33-14, d. Bishop Montgomery 13-9 d. Mary Star 25-24, lost to Oak Hills JV 57-14