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Seven Turnovers Sink Breakers

Sean Hampton caught five Jack Simon passes to gain 85 yards against a stingy Northwood defense. Photo by Doug Landrum

Sean Hampton caught five Jack Simon passes to gain 85 yards against a stingy Northwood defense. Photo by Doug Landrum

Timberwolves rout Laguna, 35-19

Laguna had only themselves to blame by delivering five consecutive turnovers on their first five possessions last Friday, Oct. 4, at Guyer Field, losing their final non-league contest of the season to what had been a winless Northwood squad.

Breakers took the opening kickoff 13 yards in six plays before losing the ball to an aggressive Timberwolf team that seemed determined to strip the ball from Laguna runners on every play. Northwood penalties killed their offensive first attempt, forcing a punt and pinning Laguna back on their own six-yard line.

Laguna quickly went 25 yards in four play attempts before Nathan Lancaster broke for a 67-yard scamper that ended when the Timberwolves were successful in stripping the ball from the unsuspecting ball carrier. From the two yard line, an inspired Northwood team drove back 98 yards in 13 plays including a key fake punt on a fourth and seven from their own five yard line to score with just over a minute remaining in the quarter.

The Breaker gifts continued into the second period, but it took the fifth turnover, a fumble on the Laguna 27, for Northwood to score again on a six play drive near the end of the first half. After 50 straight games scoring in the first half, Laguna has now gone scoreless in consecutive first half games.

Nathan Lancaster outruns the Northwood first team defense to score Laguna’s final touchdown.

Nathan Lancaster outruns the Northwood first team defense to score Laguna’s final touchdown.

The Timberwolves extended their lead with an eight-play drive to open the second half as a deflated Breaker squad attempted to stay competitive.  Northwood scored two more touchdowns to complete their scoring both on interception gifts from Laguna. One was returned for a score, the other required a single play drive to complete. Laguna finally got on the board with a two-play drive by Andres DeLaRosa that ended with a 69-yard run to break the scoring drought. Laguna added two more scores against the Northwood reserves with some effective passing by Jack Simon, now well on his way to break the season sophomore passing records for a quarterback.

Up next, Laguna opens their eighth season in Orange Coast League play this Friday, Oct. 11, facing Saddleback (0-5) at Segerstrom High School on a a natural grass field at 7 p.m. The Roadrunners continue to be the hard luck squad of the league and the Breakers should bounce back if they can stop the turnovers.

The following week Laguna will meet Estancia (2-3) at Laguna for the 58th homecoming contest. Breakers can repeat as league champs if they can play to the level they showed earlier this season.  Laguna faces pass-happy Calvary Chapel (4-1) on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Estancia, Godinez (3-2) on Halloween at Segerstrom, and closeout the regular season at home with Costa Mesa (2-3) on Nov. 8.

Key games involving league rivals, Godinez plays Calvary this weekend (10-10) at Estancia, Godinez faces Costa Mesa at Estancia on 10-18 and Calvary faces Costa Mesa on 11-1,

 Senior wide receiver Sean Hampton makes a one-handed grab against Northwood, one of a team high five catches for 85 yards he made on the night. Photo by Dante Fornaro


Senior wide receiver Sean Hampton makes a one-handed grab against Northwood, one of a team high five catches for 85 yards he made on the night. Photo by Dante Fornaro

 

All-time Orange Coast League Football –(League Games Only)

School

Seasons

Gms

Won

Lost

Pct

Estancia

7

29

21

8

0.724

Laguna Beach

7

29

21

8

0.724

Costa Mesa

7

29

18

11

0.621

Godinez

5

23

8

15

0.348

Calvary Ch.

7

29

8

21

0.276

Saddleback

3

15

1

14

0.067

TOTAL

 

154

77

77

 

 

 

STATISTICS 2013 GAME # 5 vs NORTHWOOD

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Northwood

7

7

21

0

35

Laguna Beach

0

0

7

12

19

N – 4 run (kick) 1:15 1st Q

N – 5 run (kick) 2:04 2nd Q

N – 8 pass (kick) 9:28 3rd Q

N – 44 Interception return (kick) 4:01 3rd Q

N – 15 pass (kick) 1:01 3rd Q

L – DeLaRosa 69 run (Knill kick) 0:11.6 3rd Q

L – Smith 31 pass from Simon (Knill kick failed) 5:00 4th Q

L –  Lancaster 9 run (Simon pass failed) 1:27 4th Q

 

LB

North

1st Downs

16

21

Rush/Yds

35-214

45-158

Pass Yds

180

202

C-A-I

11-28-3

15-23-0

Plays/TYG

63-394

68-360

Fumbles/Lost

6-4

2-1

Return Yds

6

91

Punts/Ave

2-50.5

3-43.7

Penalties/Yds

5-35

11-95

 

Rush:

Lancaster 16-120, DeLaRosa 13-118, Simon 5-(21), Smith 1-(3)

Rec:

Hampton 5-85, Smith 4-74, Lancaster 1-15, DeLaRosa 1-6

Pass:

Simon 11-28-3, 180 yds 1 TD 83.6 rating

IR:            none

PR:           Lancaster 1-6

KR:           Lancaster 1-14, DeLaRosa 5-79

Punts:      Simon – 61, 40 (1- inside 20)  2-50.5

Pass Defense Rating:            153.3  (93.4 YTD)

 

Milestones – Nathan Lancaster

Career rushing yards is now 2,204 , 4th best in school history

4th in career scoring with 221 points (3rd has 238)

Tied for 6th with career return touchdowns with 3

Tied for 4th in career touchdowns with 36

3rd in career rushing touchdowns at 28

 

Sophomore Quarterbacks at Laguna

Austin Paxson – Season and CIF

Season

Att

Comp

Int

 Yds

TD

Rate

2008

154

69

5

1,032

9

113.9

Ryan Schissler – Season

Season

Att

Comp

Int

 Yds

TD

Rate

1997

153

73

4

       902

4

100.6

Charley Bowman – Season

Season

Att

Comp

Int

 Yds

TD

Rate

2005

166

89

12

880

7

97.6

Lance Stewart – Season

Season

Att

Comp

Int

 Yds

TD

Rate

1978

132

59

8

       717

5

90.7

Jack Simon (5 games)

Season

Att

Comp

Int

 Yds

TD

Rate

2013

85

43

4

663

5

126.1

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