LBHS Football

Playoffs in Jeopardy?

Grizzlies Rally to Upset Laguna 46-24

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Nathan Lancaster Photos: Laguna Beach High School v. Godinez High School. Final Score: Godinez 46, LBHS 24,.
Photos by Doug Landrum.

It took a little over a 13 minutes but Godinez figured out how to take down the Breakers last Thursday, Oct. 31, at Segerstrom High School using their size and weight advantage to take control of the tempo and the contest. Breakers did not help their cause by losing two fumbles and misfiring on early pass plays when they had the clear momentum.

The contest opened with the two teams trading opening possessions with little success, each squad having to punt. Nathan Lancaster then had his longest run of the night for 43 yards to the Godinez two-yard line but Laguna was unable to score and settled for a 24-yard field goal after losing five yards on a penalty.

On Godinez’s first scrimmage play following the kickoff, Breakers recovered the fumble on the Laguna 38-yard line. Eight plays and 62 yards later, Laguna led 10-0 with less than a minute in to the second period and Lancaster already rolling up 110 yards in rushing.

The Grizzlies adjusted and the Breakers could not counter. Godinez took the next possession 63 yards in four plays to score but fell short on a two-point try. Breakers then failed to move the ball as Jack Simon could not connect to a wide-open Sean Hampton on the first play. Then Godinez stuffed the run for the next two scrimmage tries to force a Laguna punt. Grizzlies then marched 70 yards in 12 plays to take the lead that held to the intermission.

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Andres DeLaRosa cuts back in one of his carries. Photos by Doug Landrum

In the second half, the Grizzlies took the kick-off and marched 71 yards in nine plays to take a 20-10 advantage. Breakers tried to respond but fumbled the ball deep in their own territory setting up another quick score by the hosts.

Still trying to stay in the game, Laguna bounced back and scored on a 10-play, 80 yard drive that featured some sharp passing and sure-handed receiving that had been missing in the Laguna arsenal.  Now down 27-17 late in the third quarter, the Breakers failed to stop the remaining Godinez possessions. The Grizzlies even recovered an on-side kick to pile-on additional points.

The results dampened the record setting performance of Lancaster that evening when he eclipsed the career rushing mark set by Drake Martinez last season.

Breakers playoff options are down to a must-win game this Friday, Nov. 8, against Costa Mesa, which has clinched the 2013 league title. The Mustang back, Oronde Crenshaw, is averaging 195 yards per game and is a game-changer on offense and defense. If the Breakers win, they are in the playoffs as the league’s No. 3 entry. Should the Breakers lose, they can gain third place on a coin flip assuming Calvary beats Estancia and Godinez beats winless Saddleback. An Estancia upset of the Eagles puts them into third place if the Breakers lose. Laguna could still earn the one at-large spot if they give a valiant performance Friday night in a losing effort




GODINEZ game statistics:






Laguna Beach












L-Knill 24 FG 2:49 1st Q

L- Lancaster 1 run (Knill kick) 11:11 2nd Q

G- 33 run (run failed) 9:47 2nd Q

G- 2 run (kick) 2:45 2nd Q

G- 1 run (kick) 8:17 3rd Q

G- 28 pass (kick) 5:57 3rd Q

L- Simon 1 run (Knill kick) 3:02 3rd Q

G- 8 run (kick) 8:46 4th Q

L- Lancaster 3 run (Knill kick) 7:04 4th Q

G- 13 run (kick failed) 1:59 4th Q

G- 2 run (kick failed) 0:48 4th Q




1st Downs






Pass Yds












Return Yds










Individual Statistics

Rush: Lancaster 23-165, DeLaRosa 7-23, Simon 3-0, Smith 2-6

Rec: Martinez 1-21, DeLaRosa 2-25, Hampton 2-14, Smith 3-56

Pass: Simon 17-8-0 116 yds, 0 TDs 104.4 rating, Team 1-0-0

IR – & PR – none

KR:            DeLaRosa 1-12, LG Graves 1-9, Lancaster 1-0

Punts:      Simon 2-54 27.0 average

Pass Defense Rating:               327.60   (116.0 YTD)

TOP:          Laguna 19:38, Godinez 28:22


Records Set

Nathan Lancaster

Season yards rushed 2,089 (Old record 1,889 by Drake Martinez 2011

Season rushing touchdowns 28 (old record 27 by Drake Martinez 2011)

Career rushing 3,549 (Old record 3,533 by Drake Martinez (2010-12)


Record watch

Season Points is 206 – Lancaster has 199

Season touchdowns is 34, Lancaster has 31

Career rush TD’s is 50, Lancaster has 46

Sophomore passing record is 1,032 yds  – Jack Simon has 901

Sophomore pass –regular season is 902, Simon has 901

Bruce Knill is 11th in season kick scoring, 8th in XP1


33 second half points by Godinez, tied for 5th most allowed.



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