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Pioneer Routed 59-7

LBHS Football 4-0-1

 

Drake Martinez runs back Pioneer’s second-half opening kickoff for his 45th career touchdown; the 98-yard return was the third longest in 78 seasons of Laguna football.

The Titans from Whittier proved no match for the Breakers as the locals ran-up the sixth highest point total in 78-seasons with the victory over the Del Rio League team last Friday night at Guyer Field.

Laguna took advantage of a fumble recovery by Spencer Anderson and two interceptions by Robbie McInerny to break the contest open with a 21-point second quarter outburst.

The contest started with a good defensive series by Laguna with the Breakers taking possession for their first try on the mid-stripe after a fair-catch from a punt. Nathan Lancaster took the initial pitch from Larry Stewart and the Breakers were quickly on the board with a 50-yard run. The McInerny kick made it 7-0.

Titans looked sharp on their second possession, driving 80-yards on 12 plays to tie the contest. Laguna then went up 14-7 on a six-play drive, highlighted by a 35-yard Stewart to Keaton Martinez pass play.

Pioneer fumbled on their own 35-yard line setting up Laguna’s first score of the second period as Drake Martinez easily ran 18 yards for the score. A bobbled snap cost Laguna the PAT.

Robert Clemons breaks a punt return to score his seventh career return for a touchdown.

Once again the Titans appeared to be moving the ball when McInerny snagged the first of two consecutive interceptions returning the ball 35-yards to the Pioneer 5. Stewart ran the score in followed by an easy two-point conversion run by Drake Martinez.

Breakers last score of the first half came on an eight play drive after McInerny returned an interception 26 yards to the Titan 39-yard line. Stewart’s 26th career TD pass and the ensuing PAT by McInerny made it 35-7.

Breakers sealed-the-deal on the opening kickoff of the second half as Robert Clemons took the ball and handed off to Martinez on the two-yard line. Martinez then ran left and past the Titan kick coverage for the score. A Lancaster TD made it 49-7 late in the third quarter with the Breakers adding the final points in the fourth period. A bad fourth-down snap turned the ball over to Laguna on the Titan two yard line, but the Breaker bench was unable to punch it in settling for a short field goal by McInerny to make it 52-7. The final tally came on a Robert Clemons 56-yard punt return with just over five minutes remaining. The score was Clemon’s third punt return for a touchdown in his Laguna career tying Phil Jones (1948-50), Al Turner (1950-52) and Dennis Miller (1963). Breakers have 12 touchdowns on all returns so far this season, a school record by five scores.

Larry Stewart runs a bootleg scoring on a five-yard touchdown.

Up next is Saddleback this Friday, Oct. 5, also at Guyer Field. The improved Roadrunners are 2-3 on the season and should battle Costa Mesa for third place.  The visitors lead the series 5-3 with Laguna winning 56-3 last year. Saddleback can move the ball defeating La Quinta 43-0 and Century 35-7 this year.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

 

Pioneer

7

0

0

0

7

Laguna Beach

14

21

14

10

59

L – Lancaster 50 run (McInerny kick) 9:40 1st Q

P – 2 run (Kick) 4:35 1st Q

L- Martinez 15 run (McInerny kick) 2:23 1st Q

L- Martinez 18 run (kick failed) 11:48 2nd Q

L- Stewart 5 run (Martinez run) 9:31 2nd Q

L- Hexberg 15 pass from Stewart (McInerny kick) 3:27 2nd Q

L- Martinez 98 Kick Off Return (McInerny kick) 11:45 3rd Q

Nathan Lancaster runs 50 yards for Laguna’s first touchdown.

L – Lancaster 21 run (McInerny kick) 4:39 3rd Q

L- McInerny 22 FG 7:58 4th Q

L- Clemons 56 Punt Return (McInerny kick) 5:09 4th Q

 

LB

Pioneer

1st Downs

14

19

Rush/Yds

23-209

42-157

Pass Yds

64

94

C-A-I

3-6-0

11-25-2

Plays/TYG

29-273

67-251

Fumbles/Lost

0-0

2-1

Return Yds

117

0

Punts/Ave

1-43

3-32.3

Penalties/Yds

5-60

7-60

 

Individual Statistics

Rush:                                                      Lancaster 7-111, Martinez 9-81, Clemons 3-15, Stewart 1-5, Coury 2-(1), Chesley 1-(1)

Rec:                                                      K. Martinez 1-35, Hexberg 1-15, Lancaster 1-14

Pass:                                                      Stewart 6-3-0 64 yds 1 TD

Punt Return                                    Clemons 1-56

KO Return:                                    Martinez 1-98, Clemons 1-16

Interception Return:                  McInerny 2-61

Punts:                                                      Stewart 1-43.0                  inside 20

Kickoffs:                                                      McInerny 10 kicks, 9 touchbacks

New Records Set:

Career:                                                      45 Career TDs, Drake Martinez (Old record Chris Paul 44)

Nathan Lancaster breaks a tackle for extra yards.

Season:                                                      Clemons – Punt returns for TD (record tied)

Clemons & Martinez – Returns for TDS – 4 (Record Tied)

Game:                                                      98 KOR by Drake Martinez – 3rd longest ever

9 – Kick offs for touchback – Robbie McInerny

Records that are on-going

Robbie McInerny –                  Career kick off touchbacks,  kick scoring and career PAT’s

Robert Clemons – career touchdowns on returns (7)

Team – season touchdowns on returns (12)

Team – season punt returns for touchdowns (6)

 

Photos by Doug Landrum

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