Breakers Fall Short at Estancia 17-6
By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy
Football (1-7, 0-3)
Laguna played a tough well-played game last Friday, Oct. 24, at Scott Field on the Estancia campus in Costa Mesa, nearly spoiling the 50th anniversary year celebration for the Eagles (6-2, 3-0). Breakers were tough on defense, holding the frustrated hosts to a field goal for three quarters of play and six possessions.
The game was Laguna’s best defensive effort of the season and it came against the league’s top team
Laguna started the contest with Jesse French recovering the kickoff after the Eagles were unable to hold on to Max Casper’s kick. From there Laguna could only move eight yards but were close enough for Casper (a freshman) to kick a 27-yard field goal, his first try for the year.
Breakers and the Eagles exchanged punts before Estancia put together a 12-play drive to the Laguna 18 but were forced to kick a tying field goal.
Still knotted at three at the half, Laguna took the second half kickoff and opened play with Bruce Knill running 39 yards to surprise the Eagles. Unfortunately, two Estancia defenders forced him out-of-bounds and the fall resulted in a collarbone injury that sidelined the key two-way player for the rest of the game.
The Breaker drive eventually stalled and Casper added a 41-yard field goal. Estancia’s possession was a quick three play and punt giving Laguna the ball again. Breakers held on to the pigskin for over six minutes and 42 yards but were unable to get closer than the Eagle 33 before Casper’s 50-yard field goal try fell short.
Estancia took over and seemed to re-energize marching 80-yards in seven plays to finally score early into the final period. Breakers came back but once again could not execute a play just outside the red-zone turning the ball over on downs. Back came Estancia marching 68 yards in nine plays for their last points of the evening. Still Laguna did not give up as they drove 74 yards to the six-inch line but could not get the ball across on the drive. Brett Tracy had two great catches in the last push for 13 and 45 yards.
This week host Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana (3-5, 1-2) on Halloween in what should be a very even contest. The visitors hold the series edge 11-7-2 including last year’s overtime thriller.
L – Casper 32 FG 9:59 1st Q
E – 36 FG 0:58 1st Q
L – Casper 41 FG 9:37 3rd Q
E – 22 run (kick) 11:04 4th Q
E – 12 run (kick) 3:03 4th Q
Rushing: Krantz 16-30, Knill 6-63, Monacell 2-13, Simon 6-(11), Hayes 9-41, Tracy 5-13
Passing: Simon 14-7-0 99 yards 109.4 rating
Receiving: Tracy 4-72, Armstrong 1-15, Krantz 1-5, Monacell 1-7
Kickoff Returns: Krantz 1-35
Punting: Simon 3-110 36.7 average
Southern Section CIF Fall Team Playoffs are coming up …..
Pairings will be posted at www.cifss.org
Football Sunday, Nov. 9 8 a.m.
Girls Tennis Monday, Nov. 3 – 11 a.m.
Girls Volleyball Friday, Nov. 7 – 2 p.m.
Boys Water Polo Sunday, Nov. 9 – 9 a.m.
Final Score: LBHS 6, Estancia 17.
Boys Sand Volleyball (6-1)
Breakers completed the regular season with a complete 6.5 to 0 sweep of the Monarchs on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Grant Street courts. The league playoffs got underway this week with quarterfinals on Oct. 28-29, semifinals on Oct. 30, with the championship slated for Monday, Nov. 3. Breakers will have to get by Newport for a shot at the finals. The two programs have not played each other this season.
North: Huntington Beach 6-1, Los Alamitos 5-2, Marina 3-2, Monarchs 2-4, Orange Lutheran 2-5, Servite 1-4, Esperanza 0-4
South: Laguna Beach 6-1, Newport Harbor 6-1, Corona del Mar 3-3, Edison 3-4, Tesoro 2-4, Fountain Valley 0-5
Girls Golf (12-5, 12-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Breakers concluded the league dual schedule with a sweep of the league teams on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at The Ranch course in Laguna Beach. This week Laguna participated in the Southern Division team championships this past Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Mesa Linda course in Costa Mesa. Results will be detailed next week. In Monday’s individual regionals, Mary Kate Quelimalz represented the Breakers shooting a 103 finishing 115th out of 135 golfers at the Dad Miller Course.
Girls Volleyball (13-10, 7-0)
Breakers travel to Sage Hill (14-3) on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Ueberroth Gym on the Lightning campus. The hosts are currently ranked # 5 in OC and # 1 in Division 3AA. The schools have only met twice in a best-of-five set match with Laguna taking these encounters in 2004 and 2009.
SSCIF D-IIAA Poll for Oct 27: 1 – Village Christian, 2 – South Torrance, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Brea-Olinda, 5 – Pasadena Poly, 6 – North Torrance, 7 – Chadwick, 8 – Arroyo Grande, 9 – So Pasadena, 10 – Valley Christian/Cerritos, others: Mayfield, Downey
Girls Tennis (16-4, 10-0) LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Laguna wrapped up their ninth straight league title and extended their league match win streak to 91 consecutive victories by closing out the 2014 league season defeating Estancia 16-2 on Oct. 21 and Saddleback 18-0 on Oct. 23. Breakers last lost a league match on Sept. 29, 2005.
This past Monday, Laguna closed out the regular season with a non-league loss at Aliso Niguel. Breakers and the Wolverines tied at 9-9 on sets but Laguna lost the match on games, 72 to 71. Top for Breakers were Summer Dvorak in singles sweeping 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 and the doubles team of Ashley Shelton/Summer Clawson winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.
League individual championships were held this past Wednesday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. Section playoff pairings will be released on Monday and Laguna will host their opening match on Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the local courts.
SSCIF D-II Poll for Oct 27: 1 – Valencia/Valencia, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – William S Hart, 4 – Santa Monica, 5 – Beverly Hills, 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – St. Margaret’s, 8 – Vista Murrieta, 9 – La Reina, 10 – Sage Hill, others: Troy, Arroyo Grande, ML King.
Boys Water Polo (17-6, 3-0)
Laguna easily dispatched Sage Hill 23-3 on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in a league match and battled to a fourth place finish in the North South Water Polo Challenge held last weekend in Atherton. The 16-team event featured top schools from five different CIF sections with Laguna knocking No Cal’s # 1 team, Sacred Heart Prep, 14-11 at the Gator’s pool as the squad’s big victory.
In that match Friday, Oct. 24, Aki Anderson and Jack Dodson led the way with each scoring four goals and securing three steals. Laguna took control of the match in the third period and held on for the win. Earlier that day they beat Menlo School 8-6 with Anderson scoring four goals to lead the team. On Saturday, Mater Dei thrashed the squad 17-3 in the early game but the Breakers came back to play Loyola tough dropping a hard fought third place game 9-6. In the nightcap, Aki Anderson had another great game with three goals and three steals to lead the Breakers.
Final North South Challenge finishes: Harvard-Westlake, 2 – Mater Dei, 3 – Loyola, 4 – Laguna Beach, 5 –Miramonte, 6 – Huntington Beach, 7 – Sacred Heart Prep, 8 – Cathedral Catholic, 9 – Campolindo,10 – Agoura, 11 – Menlo Atherton, 12 – Menlo School, 13 – St Francis/Mt View, 14 – Davis, 15 – Acalanes, 16 – Villa Park.
Laguna played this past week hosting Saddleback on Wednesday and at Costa Mesa on Thursday Next week the squad has a pair on non-league matches at Capistrano Valley on November 6 and at Santa Margarita on November 8.
Also last week, the JV team went 3-2 at the Hank Vellencamp Varsity tournament at Servite. The reserves (16-3) lost to Esperanza varsity 14-11, beat Huntington Beach JV 13-11, Beat Vista Murrieta varsity 12-9, beat Ocean View varsity 14-7, lost to Santa Monica varsity 7-4. Santa Monica is ranked # 7 in D-4.
SSCIF D-III Poll for Oct 27: 1 – Laguna Beach, 2 – Murrieta Valley, 3 – Montebello, 4 –Trabuco Hills, 5 – Capistrano Valley, 6 – Aliso Niguel, 7 – La Canade, 8 – Yorba Linda, 9 – Royal, 10 – Moorpark, others: Chaparral