Coach John Shanahan (13-11-0) returns for his third season as Laguna opens at 7 p.m. this Friday night, Aug. 24, when they host Hoover (1-0) from Glendale in the first meeting between the two schools in football. The Tornadoes opened last week with a 13-12 victory over La Canada using a passing game to earn their points. Breakers return a skilled secondary, so it should be an interesting contest.
Laguna’s big question mark is quarterback after the departure of Curtis Harrison, who completed his career number two all-time for the Breakers. A number of his key weapons return as the core of the 2018 squad with the following key senior players to watch:
#4 Sean Nolan(WR, FS, K) – the 6-2 standout is already 12th on the school’s career scoring list and is already in the top 10 career lists in a number of categories. Last season he had 56 catches for 823 yards for nine touchdowns. He was the Orange Coast League Special Teams MVP last season.
#10 Shane Lythgoe(RB, OLB) – This senior is the grandson of Laguna sports legend LT Dugger and brings that style of play for his senior year. He rushed for 508 yards last season on 98 carries. Expect to hear his name often.
#24 Kai Ball(WR, C) – Another strong player who had 16 catches for 147 yards last season and was a first team all-league selection.
This game will be a good indicator of Laguna’s chances for a third straight trip to the playoffs.