Football (3-4, 1-1)
Costa Mesa scheduled their new stadium dedication by selecting their contest with Laguna Beach, the one league team where they held a dominating series advantage. The plans unraveled early as the Breakers spoiled the 37th meeting between the schools with a 43-9 victory. Both teams had their share of miscues, but Mesa could only muster three points off the three Laguna turnovers while Laguna cashed-in with four scores off the home team’s misfortunes.
Mesa’s first gift came at the conclusion of their first possession as a shanked punt gave the Breakers the ball on the Mesa 20. Curtis Harrison surprised the defense with a nifty 22-yard run for the score. Mesa’s next try ended on their second play as Zach Fields recovered a fumble on the Mesa 18-yard line. It took just one play to add the second touchdown but the point after was muffed on a bad snap from center.
Mesa had one opportunity in the first quarter when Curtis Harrison threw an interception after a bad snap broke up the intended play. Curtis returned the favor quickly intercepting the Mesa score attempt on the five-yard line, returning the ball 21 yards.
Mesa’s field goal near the end of the second period was also set up on another Harrison interception. Mesa’s drive stalled after six plays, ending in the three-point effort. Breakers extended their lead to 19-6 in the third quarter as Bruce Knill returned the kickoff 77 yards down the sideline for the score. Sean Nolan’s PAT kick was wide for his only missed attempt. Breakers next possession was only two plays long as Harrison ran 51 yards for the score. Laguna’s second and last possession of the half was a long 11-play drive that culminated in a Nolan field goal on the first play of the final period. Mesa’s only touchdown came against many Laguna reserves with the score coming on the final play of the game.
Breakers host Saddleback (2-3) for the 61st Homecoming game on Oct. 21 and travel to Estancia Thursday, Oct. 27.
YTD and game Statistics posted on Max Preps.
L – Harrison 22 run (Nolan kick) 1st Q
L – Blaser 18 pass from Harrison (run failed) 1st Q
CM– 24 FG 2nd Q
L – Knill 77 KOR (kick wide) 3rd Q
L – Harrison 51 run (Nolan kick) 3rd Q
L – Armstrong 30 interception return (Nolan kick) 3rd Q
L – Nolan 28 FG 11:56 4th Q
L – Knill 28 Interception return (Nolan kick) 10:22 4th Q
CM – 4 run (no PAT attempted) 0:00 4th Q
Rushing: Harrison 9-112, Knill 3-12, Castillo 3-14, M Hayes 1-5, Team 1 (1)
Passing: Harrison 16-6-2 53 yards 61.0 rating
Receiving: Blaser 2-19, Moriarty 1-6, Armstrong 1-15, Kilburg 1-2, Nolan 1-11
Punt Returns: Langton 1-2
KO Returns: Knill 1-77, Armstrong 1-11
Interception Returns: Armstrong 1-30, Harrison 1-21, Knill 2-28
Punting: Nolan 1-46 46.0
3 returns for touchdown in a game – most since 5 vs Glenn on Sep 13, 2012
Nolan 4FG ranks tied for 6th, 38 kick scoring points ranks 5th
Harrison 12 TD passes ranks tied for 10th
Knill 3 runbacks ranks tied for 8th.
Frosh-Soph improved to 5-1-1 overall, 2-0 on OCL play with a 52-21 win over Costa Mesa.
Catch all Laguna games and replays at http://www.kx935.com/shows/breakers-football-live/. Tim Becwar does a professional broadcast on the Breakers games home and away.