A Homecoming Game to Remember – Breakers Rally for 49-46 Victory

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Football (6-1)

Laguna Beach delighted the overflow 63rd homecoming crowd last Friday night at Guyer Field with a game for the ages that featured big plays and excitement to the finish. The Kares from Arcadia are a Christian high school that has been competing since the 1960s.

First Quarter:

After an exchange of punts, Breakers were able to pin Rio Hondo to their two-yard line aster a 41-yard punt by Sean Nolan on Laguna’s first possession. Rio Hondo’s first punt had been a shank out-of-bounds but their second try of the evening was a clean kick to their 45-yard line and the hands of Sean Nolan who returned the ball down the sidelines for the first score. The two steals traded punts again before Rio Hondo put together a 50-yard drive to score as time expired in the quarter.

Second Quarter:

Laguna took the kickoff to their 10 and then drove 90 yards in 10 plays scoring on an Andrew Johnson to Raul Villalobos pass play that covered 31 yards. Noah Handel made the second of seven PATs to take a 14-7 lead.

After the kickoff went out of bounds, Rio Hondo’s first play from scrimmage only went two yards before the runner fumbled leaving the expose ball on the Rio Hondo 37-yard line. A fast-acting Shane Lythgoe picked up the ball making 10 yards on the fumble return before lateraling to Sean Nolan who added another 24 yards before getting tackled on the one. A quick dive by Shane, and Laguna was up 21-7. The Kares did not fold scoring on a seven-play drive that featured a big 54-yard pass play. They also added a 40-yard field goal to close-out the half down 21-17.

Third Quarter:

Breakers had the ball twice and scored both times on runs by Lythgoe first on a 15-play drive and then after holding Rio Hondo on downs scored on a six-play possession.

Fourth Quarter:

The highest scoring quarter in 78 years resulted in the fifth highest combined point total game in Laguna’s 84 seasons of play. The quarter began as Rio Hondo completed their second possession of the half with a 36-yard touchdown pass play to open the quarter. Their two-point conversion pass play put the score at 35-25 Laguna. Kai Ball took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a 42-25 advantage. The Kares came right back in three pass plays to answer with a score of their own. After holding Laguna on three plays, the visitors took the punt to their own 34-yard line, then drove the remaining 66 yards on seven plays to cut the margin to 42-39 Laguna.

Breakers were moving the ball well on their next possession, but Rio Hondo snagged a pass to stop the Breaker drive. The Kares then used another big pass play to set up their final score and the lead with two minutes left.

The final possession started with a 44-yard Sean Nolan kick-off return to the Laguna 49. A penalty moved the ball to the Breaker 39 to start the drive. A Lythgoe run, passes to Villalobos (13 yards) and to Nolan (21 and 13 yards) got Laguna to the Rio Hondo 10. Shane Lythgoe provided the final score with seconds left on a pass from Andrew Johnson. There were still a few moments left after the Handel kickoff went for a touchback. Breakers played great defense as Rio Hondo’s first pass was harmlessly incomplete. The next one went to Shane Lythgoe who returned it only eight yards (he could have gone another 20) to end the evening for the Kares.

Golden West Pac 4 League play starts this week with Laguna at Western (6-1) for their homecoming game (doubtful if Tiger Woods will be there). The Pioneers are top ranked in D11 and favored to win the league.

The following week Laguna will host Ocean View (7-0) the #2 D11 squad at Guyer Field in a must-win contest for a chance for the playoffs. Breakers are in D12 and should easily qualify with a second-place finish, but it’s still too early to tell if a third-place finish will make it.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Rio Hondo Prep 7 10 0 29 46
Laguna Beach 7 14 14 14 49

L – Nolan 45 punt return (Handel kick) 1stQ

R – 1 run (Lang kick) 1stQ

L – Villalobos 31 pass from Johnson (Handel kick) 2ndQ

L – Lythgoe 1 run (Handel kick) 2ndQ

R – 1 run (Lang kick) 2ndQ

R – 40 FG Lang 2ndQ

L – Lythgoe 5 run (Handel kick) 3rdQ

L – Lythgoe 5 run (Handel kick) 3rdQ

R – 36 pass (pass) 4thQ

L – Ball 95 KOR (Handel kick) 4thQ

R – 42 pass (Lang kick) 4thQ

R – 20 run (Lang kick) 4thQtr

R – 3 run (Lang kick) 4thQ

L – Lythgoe 6 pass from Johnson (Handel kick) 4thQ


1st Downs 19 19
Rush/Yds 29-133 35-113
Pass Yds 230 393
C-A-I 18-33-1 20-33-1
Plays/TYG 62-363 68-506
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 1-1
Return Yds 44 40
Punts/Ave 4-38.8 3-24.7
Penalties/Yds 8-70 2-20


Rushing: Lythgoe 22-129, Johnson 4-(11), Nolan 1-16, Harper 1-0, Team 1-(1)

Receiving:Villalobos 5-106, Ball 4-63, Nolan 4-49, Lythgoe 5-12

Passing: Johnson 33-18-1, 230 2 TDS, 127.0 rating, 141.9 YTD

Interception Returns: Lythgoe 1-8

Fumble Returns:  Lythgoe 1-12, Nolan 0-24

Punt Returns: Nolan 1-45

Kick Off Returns: Ball 3-119, Nolan 1-44

Punts: Nolan 4-155 38.8

Kick Offs: Handel 8, 4 touchbacks

Pass defense rating [NCAA formula]:  168,5, YTD = 118.8



Andrew Johnson is 9th in season passing yards, 4th in season TD passes

Kai Ball’s 95 KOR ranks tied for #8 all-time for Laguna Beach


SSCIF D12 Poll for Oct. 8: 1 – Linfield Christian, 2 – Bellflower, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Tahquitz/Hemet, 5 – Santa Clarita Christian, 6 – Glenn, 7 – Ramona 8 – Rio Hondo Prep, 9 – Northwood, 10 – Rowland


This year’s homecoming queen was Eliana Arthur, and homecoming king was Cal Nielson.


Laguna Homecoming Kings                                 

2018   Cal Nielson                   2010   Jake Michaels

2017   Luc LaMontagne           2009   Chris Hillemann

2016   Jake Dameshek             2008   Graham Harris

2015   Penn Nielson                 2007   John Robinson

2014   Dominic Droulez          2006   Dylan Fait

2013   Andres DeLaRosa         2005   Adam Kaplan

2012   Robbie McInerny         2004   Brent Kling

2011   Erik Henrikson              2003   Nima Mortazavi


Laguna Homecoming Queens   

2018   Eliana Arthur            1987   Tamra Aguinaldo

2017   Alexa Anderson        1986   Katee Thorson

2016   Karly Pederson         1985   Kolleen McKeown

2015   Moorea Howson      1984   Jeni Englander

2014   Brenna Merchant      1983   Karen Pearse

2013   Cyanna Atkinson     1982   Mollie Merchant

2012   Amanda Kimball       1981   Liz Wilcoxen

2011   Marley Donenfeld    1980   Louise Girard

2010   Taylor Capobianco   1979   Lyn Halbert

2009   Alison Bloom           1978   Jill Robertson

2008   Rachel Busic             1977   Elisa Tyner

2007   Kelly Hancock          1976   Liz Jenison

2006   Candice Field            1975   Mary Ann Ottmer

2005   Stephanie Darnall     1974   Marla Johnson

2004   Cambria Lynn Steel  1973   Teri Huston

2003   Maura McManus     1972   Kathy Keon

2002   Mahila Hines            1971   Melissa Almon

2001   Lindsey Butterwick  1970   Carolyn Fee

2000   Caroline Myers        1969   Jeanine Benton

1999   Lacy Hines               1968   Christy Mikels

1998   Rachel Heussenstamm         1967       Sue Davis

1997   Mia Janson               1966   Jill Allen

1996   Leah Rodig                1965   Suellen Coen

1995   Sarah Cohen              1964   Janis Zimmerman

1994   Jennifer Prewitt        1963   Siew Hwa Beh

1993   Calthea Richards       1962   Corinne Brumfield

1992   Linda Schwartz         1961   Susan Turner

1991   Tori Scott                 1960   Joan Crowley

1990   Molly Wetmore        1959   Janice Cornecl

1989   Kit Spath                  1958   Marilyn Huston

1988   Stacy Trager             1957   Pat Enfields

1956   Suzanne Tinkey

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