Laguna provided the only competitive game in Division 12 round of 16 last week and the Breakers played a great game before falling to last year’s Southern Section Division 13 champion, Rancho Christian. The Eagles are coached by former Orange Lutheran mentor Jim Kunau, who is in this third season at the new school in the Red Hawk area of Temecula near Pechanga.
The game opened with the hosts driving to the Laguna 19 before fumbling the ball into the hands of Jack Raffo. Breakers got down to the Eagle’s 14 before settling for a 32-yard field goal by Noah Handel, his sixth of the season.
Like in their first possession, the Eagles connected on a big pass play only to struggle once down in the red zone.
Breakers looked like they were on their way to a big score when Victor Castillo broke for a 45 yard run only to fumble deep in Rancho’s territory on the 15-yard line. Rancho came right back and this time scored on a big run play. On the next Laguna possession, the Eagles pricked off a Curtis Harrison pass scoring in three plays.
Late in the second period Laguna recovered another Rancho Christian fumble in midfield and this time took the ball in a nine play drive to close the gap to 14-10. Rancho missed a 19 yard field goal as time expired.
Rancho scored on their first possession of the second half with a 39-yard field goal only to see the Breakers tie the game with three minutes remaining in the period. Once again the hosts used a big pass play to get into scoring possession with the last score coming in the closing seconds of the third period.
Laguna drove deep into Rancho territory on their two fourth-period possessions, missing a 37-yard field goal after getting to the Eagle 20 and throwing an interception from the Rancho 28 as they neared the red zone.
L – Handel 32 FG 7:40 1st Qtr
R – 69 run (kick) 0:54 1st Qtr
R – 22 run (kick) 11:48 2nd Qtr
L – Harrison 11 run (Handel kick) 0:53 2nd Qtr
R – 39 FG 6:15 3rd Qtr
L – Harrison 8 run (Handel kick) 3:07 3rd Qtr
R – 11 run (kick) 0:35 3rd Qtr
RUSH: Harrison 15-83, Castillo 11-58
REC: Armstrong 6-55, Nolan 5-60, Ball 5-30, Lusk 3-14
PASS: Harrison 34-19-2 159 yds
Punt Return: Nolan 1-33
KO Return: Armstrong 1-27, Nolan 1-29
Punts: Nolan 3-109 36.3 average
KO: Handel 5 KO
Curtis Harrison: 4th in season passing yards, 2nd in season total offense, 5th in TD passes
Sean Nolan: 6th in Receiving yards, 7th in receiving yards
Adam Armstrong:12th in receiving yards, 4th in catches
Noah Handel: Tied for 4th in FG, 4th in season extra points.
Curtis Harrison 836 plays (old record 729 by Austin Paxson 2008-10)