Westminster Overpowers Laguna
By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy
Laguna traveled to a beautifully refurbished stadium in Westminster Friday, Sept. 19, where the third-ranked Lions (2-1) proved as good as their Southern Division CIF ranking, winning 57-21.
Laguna and the Golden West League school had never met in football before. The Breakers entered the contest 0-4 in games played at their stadium.
Westminster took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in nine plays to record their first score on a one-yard run. Laguna struggled to move the ball on their first three possessions while Westminster scored on seven of nine possession attempts.
Westminster led 23-0 when Laguna’s Ethan Chesley’s hard tackle of their punt return caused a fumble that Carter Monacell recovered on the Lion 12. One play later it was 23-7 thanks to a Jack Simon to Brett Tracy pass play. Bruce Knill added the kick for the PAT. Breakers stopped another first quarter Lion drive when Nick Krantz intercepted a pass on the Laguna 3. Westminster received a safety midway through the first quarter when Jack Simon’s scrambling pass from the end zone was ruled intentional grounding.
Laguna added their second touchdown late in the second quarter on a seven play drive and added a third quarter score on a great Jack Simon to Bruce Knill pass play that capped a three-play, 80-yard drive.
Laguna’s challenges continue this Friday when they host St. Margaret’s at Guyer Field. Next week, the Breakers meet a very tough Northwood squad on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Irvine High School Field.
W – 1 run (kick) 9:16 1st Q
W – 13 run (kick) 6:53 1st Q
W – SAFETY – Intentional Grounding in end zone
W – 58 pass (kick) 5:09 1st Q
LB – Tracy 12 pass from Simon (Knill kick) 2:48 1st Q
W – 26 pass (kick) 0:51.8 1st Q
W – 1 run (kick) 7:30 2nd Q
W – 17 run (kick) 3:42 2nd Q
W – 44 run (kick) 3:20 2nd Q
LB – Tracy 4 pass from Simon (Knill kick) 0:41 2nd Q
LB – Knill 47 pass from Simon (Knill kick) 7:09 3rd Q
W – 3 run (kick wide) 0:23 3rd Q
Rushing: Krantz 14-67, Monacell 1-1, Knill 12-14 Simon 1-11, Hayes 1-2, Chesley 1-0,
Passing: Simon 15-6-1 117 yards 3 TDs 158.2 rating
Receiving: Tracy 3-28, Krantz 1-16, Knill 1-47, Chesley 1-26
Interceptions Return: Krantz 1-0
Kickoff Returns: Hayes 5-139, Krantz 2-42
Punting: Simon 6-197 32.8 average
51 points is a record for most points allowed in a 1st half, old record 47 by Newport Harbor 25-Oct-1985
30 points allowed in the 1st Quarter is the most ever for the 1st Qtr and tied for 3rd for most in any quarter
37 combined 1st quarter points is 8th most in school history for any quarter, 3rd for the 1st Q
Bruce Knill is now 9th all-time in XP1 with 35 and 10th in career kick scoring with 47 points.
For season statistics – see the Laguna Beach Football page at www.maxpreps.com
Boys Sand Volleyball (1-0)
Girls Golf (0-5)
League play began Sept. 24 at Costa Mesa.
Girls Volleyball (5-9)
Girls Tennis (4-1)
Laguna split a pair of non-league matches dropping a close 11-7 contest to Corona del Mar Thursday, Sept. 18 on the local courts.
Kira Hamilton swept her singles matches 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 while Summer Dvorak did the same 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.
Breakers were only able to win one doubles match with Kelly Keller and Bailey Jaeger taking down the Sea Queen’s third-ranked squad 7-6.
This past Monday, Sept. 22, Laguna easily defeated El Toro 16-2 at the Lake Forest school’s courts. Breakers open league play next week looking to extend their 81 consecutive league-match victory streak in their quest for their ninth straight league crown.
Boys Water Polo (5-2)
Breaker Continue to Roll
Laguna boys water polo continued to earn victories as the program enjoys its highest ranking in 51 seasons of competition. Last week, the Breakers shook off the stubborn Claremont Wolfpack, defeating the Southern Section CIF Division 5 leader 13-9 in a contest played Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Claremont.
Jakob Colliday scored four goals and had five steals to lead Laguna while Cade Baldridge, Jack Dodson, Sebastian Jacobs, and Trent Sadler all scored twice for the Laguna effort.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, Laguna defeated El Toro 15-9 at the Charger pool as Colladay, Baldridge, and Dodson each scored three goals while Garret Hartley had 12 saves in goal.
This week’s action has Laguna seeded third behind Mater Dei and Loyola in the 32-team South Coast Tournament, Sept. 25-27. Breakers opened play this past Thursday facing Riverside Poly and should confront the Tars on Friday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. on the Newport Harbor campus. Laguna must defeat Newport to have a chance at a top eight finish, something not accomplished this century.
Boys Sand Volleyball (3-0)
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Laguna defeated Corona del Mar:
#1 Rieckhoff/Olson won 21-13, 21-11
#2 Lythgoe/Paxson won by forfeit
# 3 Alter/Obradovich won 21-16, 21-11
# 4 Christiansen/Jackson won 21-10, 21-15
# 5 Burgi/Josh McManus lost 18-21, 18-21
Four Man: Rieckhoff, Lythgoe, Paxson, Olson d. CdM 21-13, 21-17
Breakers defeated Servite in a clean sweep on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Newport courts.
# 1 Team: Nick Reickhoff and Reed Donenfeld
# 2 Team: Cole Paxson and Dane Olson
# 3 Team: Adam Lythgoe and Liam Christiansen
# 4 Team: Tyler Alter and Pete Obradovich
# 5 Team: Jack Burgi and Tyler Jackson
Four Man: Rieckhoff, Donenfeld, Paxson, Olson
Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
- Hate speech that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic slurs, or calls for violence against a particular type of person.
- Obscenity and excessive cursing.
- Libelous language, whether or not the writer knows what they're saying is false.
Scroll down to comment on this post.