Despite a Rushing Record, Breakers Lose to Calvary

Laguna's Nathan Lancaster rushed for 547 yards against Calvary, a game record. Photos by Collin Goddard
Laguna’s Nathan Lancaster rushed for 547 yards against Calvary, a game record. Photos by Collin Goddard

Lancaster runs for a record 547 yards, 7 TDS

Those who ventured out to Estancia High School on Thursday, Oct. 24, witnessed one of great offensive games in California prep football history as Calvary Chapel rallied to defeat Laguna in overtime, 62-56.

Breakers had their chances throughout the game but could not close out the win, losing to the Eagles (7-1, 3-0) in the wild shootout at Scott Field.

Calvary may be in first for now but both schools still have to face a healthy Costa Mesa led by talented Oronde Crenshaw. Eagles play them this week. Laguna closes the regular season with Mesa next Friday, Nov. 8 at Guyer Field.

The contest opened with Andres DeLaRosa scoring on the first scrimmage play of the game with a 75 yard run up the middle for the points. The extra point kick was just wide and Laguna led 6-0. Calvary drove with their first possession 62 yards in eight plays before Jake Smith broke up a fourth-down pass on the Laguna four to get the ball back.

Breakers went 96 yards in five plays capped by Nathan Lancaster’s 75-yard run for the second TD. Lancaster’s two –point conversion run made it 14-0 with almost seven minutes remaining in the period.

The Eagles came back on their second possession, completing five pass plays to score in two minutes with a third down and 10 to go conversion keeping the drive alive. Breakers responded quickly with Lancaster running 68 yards on this drive’s fourth play to score. Bruce Knill’s first of six conversion kicks made it 21-7 with less than three minutes remaining in the initial period.  Laguna then stopped Calvary for the second time forcing a mid-field punt that rolled into the end zone for a touch back.

The contest suddenly became a game when Laguna failed to make a fourth down one-yard run as Lancaster was stuffed for no-gain to lift the Eagles back into contention early in the second quarter. Eight plays and 43 yards later the score became 21-14. Breakers responded with a three play drive capped by a 63-yard Lancaster score and then stopped the Eagles in mid-field on five plays to get the ball back.

Laguna made it 35-14 for their biggest lead when Lancaster broke for a 58 yard run falling short by one yard, ruled down even with the ball extended over the goal-line pylon. The scoring delay was quickly ended when Lancaster  scored on a one-yard blast.

Calvary scored on their next possession when the Breaker pass defense failed to cover a wide open receiver who went 49 yards for the score. The inspired Eagles then caught a break when Laguna misjudged a deep kickoff, allowing it to bounce off a player on their own three yard line. The snake-bit Breakers were then only able to gain seven yards in three plays punting the ball to the mid-stripe. The resurgent Eagles used 97 seconds to pull within 7 just before halftime.

Calvary tied the score on the opening drive of the third quarter and Laguna went back ahead 42-35 on a six play all-Lancaster drive that consumed only three minutes. Calvary controlled the rest of the quarter on a long 85-yard drive to score on the first play of the fourth quarter.  Unfazed, Laguna struck back with Lancaster’s 76-yard run to take a 49-42 lead. Laguna then stunned the Eagles, recovering an-onside kick with 11 minutes remaining in the game for another chance to build on their lead.

Laguna drove to the Calvary 30 when a Eagle injury time-out sidelined the play for a lengthy period. Breakers came back from the delay but failed to gain a yard giving the ball back to the Eagles. Seventy yards and 10 plays later, the score was tied at 49 with four minutes left.

Lancaster then scored on his record run with 2:41 remaining. Calvary tied the game with regulation’s final points on a five-play 57 yard drive leaving just over a minute remaining after Lancaster returned the kickoff 24 yards.

Breakers final possession was nine yards, forcing a punt to Calvary. The Eagles threw three passes for a minus one yard to end regulation.

Laguna’s second overtime in school history (Breakers defeated University 21-20 in 2004 but later had to forfeit the contest for an ineligible player) was ugly as the Breakers took the first try from the 25-yard line looking completely flat footed gaining only four yards before throwing the ball away on fourth down. The Eagles connected on their second play scoring on a 22-yard pass. No point after was attempted.

Breakers were favored in this week’s game against Godinez (3-5, 1-2) to be played Thursday, Oct. 31, at Segerstrom High School. A win would clinch Laguna’s fifth trip to the playoffs in the past six seasons.

Lancaster needs only 186 yards to set the Laguna career mark and his amazing 12.7 yards per career carry is one of the all-time best in state history exceeded only by Mickey Flynn, Anaheim (54-56) and Dick Bass, Vallejo (53-54). Football fans should take the opportunity and attend the Costa Mesa game next week to see what should be an electric contest.








Laguna Beach







Calvary Chapel/SA







L – DeLaRosa 75 run (kick failed) 11:43 1st Q

L – Lancaster 75 run (Lancaster run) 6:44 1st Q

C – 19 pass (kick) 4:36 1st

L – Lancaster 68 run (Knill kick) 2:53 1st Q

C – 2 run (kick) 8:20 2nd Q

L – Lancaster 63 run (Knill kick) 7:04 2nd Q

L – Lancaster 1 run (Knill kick) 4:36

C – 49 pass (kick) 3:23 2nd Q

C – 4 run (kick) 0:20 2nd Q

C – 2 run (kick) 7:26 3rd Q

L – Lancaster 41 run (Knill kick) 4:08 3rd  Q

C – 15 pass (kick) 11:55 4th Q

L – Lancaster 76 run (Knill kick) 11:03 4th Q

C – 15 pass (kick) 4:10 4th Q

L – Lancaster 68 run (Knill kick) 2:41 4th Q

C – 7 run (kick) 1:26 4thQ

C – 22 pass (OT)




1st Downs






Pass Yds












Return Yds










Individual Statistics (film checked)

Rush: Lancaster 30-547, DeLaRosa 13-113, Simon 1-2, Team 1-0

Rec: Martinez 1-3, DeLaRosa 1-14, Hampton 1-2

Pass: Simon 8-3-0 19 yds 57.5 rating, Team 1-0-0

IR – & PR – none

KR:           DeLaRosa 4-55, Lancaster 1-24, Smith 1-23

Punts:      Simon 2-65  32.5 ave

Pass Defense Rating:            159.3   (111.8 YTD)

TOP:        Laguna 21:03 , CCSA 26:57




Yards rushed – 662, (Old record 579 vs. Webb, 2011) # 8 in SSCIF history

Total yards gained 681 (Old record 627 vs Costa Mesa, 2011)

Combined points:  118 (2nd All-time in Orange County, Record 123 pts (El Toro 77, Valhala 46, 2012)

Combined Total Yards Gained: 1,303 (A top 10 state figure – record is 1,393 by Corona Centennial- St Bonaventure set this year)



Yards Rush: 547 yards, Nathan Lancaster 30 carries (Old record 361 yards by Alec Jaffe vs Calvary Chapel, 2009)

NEW ORANGE COUNTY RECORD (Old Record 527 by Skyler Champion, Foothill vs Orange, 1999)

Total is the third most in California State Prep Football history.

Touchdowns scored :  7 by Nathan Lancaster (Old record 5 on six different occasions – Donelle Darling, 2001, Chris Paul 2008, Chris Paul 2010, Drake Martinez 2011, Drake Martinez 2012, Nathan Lancaster 2013)

Points scored: 44 – Nathan Lancaster, (Old record 32 by Drake Martinez vs. Ocean View, 2011)



Most yards gained rushing: 1,924, Nathan Lancaster, 2012 8 games (Old record 1,889 by Drake Martinez, 2011 13 games)



316 season points for the team is the fourth most in school history

56 points game – tied for 8th most points.

62 points allowed – tied for 6th

35 points scored – 1st half, tied for ninth best game.


Photos by Collin Goddard


Nathan Lancaster rushed for 547 yards, a game record.



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