Football Wins 47-18
Scheduling is everything in football and coach John Shanahan began with a 47-18 rout of hapless Bolsa Grande Friday, Aug. 26, at the Matador field in Garden Grove. Shane Lythgoe recovered the opening kickoff on the Laguna 25 yard line and after a procedure penalty, Breakers took the initial scrimmage play to paydirt with Curtis Harrison hitting Adam Armstrong for a quick 80-yard pass play and the initial score. Sean Nolan added the kick and Laguna was up 7-0 after 11 seconds.
Bolsa came back and scored on an eight-play drive that was aided by two big Laguna penalties. In fact, the three drives that resulted in Bolsa points in the game were all assisted by major Laguna penalties. Laguna took the lead for good on their second possession, going 72 yards in seven plays as Ryan Blaser caught the 30-yard pass for a touchdown. Nolan’s only missed kick came off a bad snap.
A few Laguna players suffered injuries. The most severe was to Karam Jones late in the game after the senior wide receiver and return specialist gave a very promising initial performance. No word at press time on his availability for the remainder of the season.
Breakers will host another Garden Grove League opponent with La Quinta on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the home opener. Laguna has not faced the Aztecs since 2007 and hold a 9-3 series advantage. After that game, the competition gets much tougher.
If you can’t attend, catch the internet webcast by Tim Becwar on www.kx935.com. The replay is available at the web site.
STATISTICS – 2016 GAME # 1 @ Bolsa Grande
L – Armstrong 80 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 11:49 1st Q
B – 13 pass (run) 7:53 1st Q
L – Blaser 30 pass from Harrison (kick wide) 5:23 1st Q
L – Matt Hayes 3 run (run failed) 10:41 2nd Q
L – Blaser 20 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 6:00 2nd Q
B – 29 FG 5:20 3rd Q
L – Harrison 7 run (Nolan kick) 10:47 4th Q
L – Jones 47 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 9:15 4th Q
B – 2 run (kick) 5:34 4th Q
L – J Hayes 2 run (Nolan kick) 0:55 4th Q
Passing – Curtis Harrison 19-11-0 298 yds 4 TDs 259.1 rating, Ryan Blaser 2-0-0
Receiving –Blaser 4-83, Armstrong 2-88, Nolan 2-62, Jones 3-65
Rushing –Harrison 11-44, Knill 7-48, M Hayes 3-20, Wenk 4-19, Langton 1-3, J Hayes 2-8, Nolan 1-(1),
Interceptions –Moriarty 1-0
Punt Returns – Jones 2-47
KO Returns – Knill 1-18
Punts – Nolan 3-37.3
Milestones – Curtis Harrison to Adam Armstrong pass play for 80 yards ranks tied for fourth all-time. Harrison’s 298 yards passing is the seventh best single game mark; four TD passes is tied for fourth. Breakers now lead series with Bolsa Grande 10-3-0.
Talented writer Mike Sciacca of the Coastline Pilot newspaper filed his last report this week after 14 seasons covering prep sports. The local weekly no longer will be a distributed free to the community. Sciacca’s articles anchored the scrapbooks of many high school athletes and his contribution to chronicling the local sports scene will be missed.