By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy
Breakers Blast Estancia 49-3
Laguna used the big pass play to open-up a tough defensive contest to give the home team their largest victory in the 31-game series with Estancia. Key for Laguna early on was receiver Jack Crawford who made clutch receptions that led to the first two Breaker scores.
Estancia took the opening kickoff and were forced to punt after just three plays while the Breakers stalled on a nine- play drive after moving 34 yards. The Eagles went nowhere in their second possession giving the Breakers the ball near the midfield stripe. A run by Jackson Golden for nine yards, a pair of runs by Tyler Fields and two completions to Jack Crawford set up the one-yard score by Andrew Johnson. After another futile attempt by Estancia, Breakers used a similar formula to score on their third possession in a 13 play 65-yard drive capped by Jackson Golden’s 1-yard run. After the Eagles fourth possession, Laguna scored in one play as Andrew Johnson hit Noah Diver sprinting through the Eagle secondary and sent the senior 77 yards for the score. Beck Kesler’s third of seven extra-points made it 21-0 with 4:44 left in the period. Estancia’s lone score came seconds before halftime as they connected on a 51-yard pass play to double their offensive output to that point but with time running out they settled for the short field goal on third down. In the second half, the Breakers scored on their first three possessions and had already substituted players long before the last scrimmage score.
Laguna’s final touchdown came during the running clock fourth quarter as sophomore Cooper Buckhorn picked off a desperation Estancia pass to race 83 yards for points, the fifth longest interception return in the 85-years of varsity football.
Andrew Johnson had another big outing and clearly has a shot in setting many of Laguna’s career passing records in the coming weeks.
2019 LAGUNA FOOTBALL * Game # 5 vs Estancia – STATISTICS
L – Johnson 1 run (Kesler kick) 2:41 1st Q
L – Golden 1 run (Kesler kick) 6:46 2nd Q
L – Diver 77 pass from Johnson (Kesler kick) 4:55 2nd Q
E – 20 FG 0:02 2nd Q
L – Villalobos 69 pass from Johnson (Kesler kick) 10:24 3rd Q
L – Morck 20 pass from Johnson (Kesler kick) 8:27 3rd Q
L – Tyrrell 2 run (Kesler kick) 4:05 3rd Q
L – Buckhorn 83 Interception return (Kesler kick) 3:19 4th Q
1st Downs 16 7
Rush/Yds 24-65 26-101
Pass Yds 324 99
C-A-I 16-30-0 7-22-3
Plays/TYG 54-389 48-200
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 0-0
Return Yds 169 0
Punts/Ave 3-29.3 8-29.6
Penalties/Yds 2-20 3-35
Rushing: Golden 11-44, Fields 4-35, Johnson 4-(9), Magiera 1-4, Tyrrell 3-4, TEAM 1-(13)
Receiving: Diver 3-102, Crawford 7-79, Pigott 1-6, Villalobos 1-69, Morck 1-20, Davis 1-41, Louch 2-7
Passing: Johnson 26-14-0 317 yards 3 TDS 194.3; W Bingham 4-2-0 7 yards
Johnson game passing yards ranks tied for 6th – 85 seasons (Career total 4,391 yards ranks # 2)
Punting: Kesler 3-88 29.3 average
Interception Returns: Tyler 1-17, Buckhorn 1-83, Sprague 1-44
Punt Return: C Fink 1-27
KO Return: Diver 1-13
Kickoffs: Kesler – 8 5 Touchbacks
64th Homecoming is Friday night, October 4 as Laguna hosts Marina (4-1). Vikings are having one of their best seasons of recent years and ended an 11-year drought verses Huntington Beach a few weeks ago. Breakers are 24-38-1 in this annual event and have one their last three homecoming contests. Last year Laguna held off Marina 21-18 in their first meeting in the series.
Laguna Stats and the schedule can be found at the Laguna page on MaxPreps.com.
The squads ran in the two Woodbridge meets on September 20 and 21 out at the Silverlakes Sports Park in Corona as reported last week.
On Friday, September 20 ,Laguna sent 27 runners over the 3-mile course with Chris Drews having the top time at 16:43.2 as the varsity team of Drews, Owen Van Es, William Goodin, Alex Boyd and Lucas Bianchi finished 22nd out of 27 teams. Breakers had a team finish 5th in the Novice category out of 27 entries and 11th out of 26 teams in a freshman race.
Saturday night’s elite race, Laguna ran three runners with Logan Books finishing 6th out of the 240 competing runners with a 14:24.7 time. Mateo Bianchi was 28th at 14:43.3 while in the Freshman race Brandon Yee ran a 21:28.5 finishing 229 out of 397.
Boys will be running out in Temecula on October 5 at Galway Downs in a twilight run.
Audrey Sutton ran a 19:32.5 on Friday in the Woodbridge Invitational to lead the ladies representing Laguna. The varsity squad finished 13th out of 26 teams with Sutton, Yuwa Tennen, Hannah Williams, Morgan Zevnik and Lynsey Mendez scoring for the Breakers. The JV team finished 5th out of 23 schools.
On Saturday in the elite evening run, Nina Rogers led the eight Laguna girls over the 3-mile course with an 18:09.9 time to finish 29th out of 201 runners. Scoring for the squad were Rodgers, Morgan Falkowski, Sierra Reed, Sydney Schaefgen, and Coco Reed. The Top 10 Teams: Great Oak, Cedar Park TX, Southlake Carroll TX, Beckman, Burbank, Cathedral Catholic, Quartz Hill, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach.
This week’s SSCIF Poll:
Boys D4: Foothill Tech, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Cathedral, 4 – Wilson/HH, 5 – Fillmore, 6 – JSerra, 7 – South Pasadena, 8 – La Canada, 9 – El Segundo, 10 – Oaks Christian
Girls D4: 1 – Harvard-Westlake, 2 – Foothill Tech, 3 – Covina, 4 – Orange Lutheran 5 – Laguna Beach, 6 – El Segundo, 7 – La Canada, 9 – South Pasadena, 9 – Mayfield, 10 – Portola
Girls Golf (2-9, 0-1)
Laguna dropped their Sunset Wave opener on September 26 with a 215-201 defeat to Marina (5-8, 1-0) in a dual match held at Ben Brown’s. Breakers were at Mile Square facing host Edison on Oct 2 and travel to Big Canyon to meet Newport Harbor (1-6) on October 7.
Girls Tennis (4-4)
Breakers dropped two cross-over matches with Sunset Surf schools last week losing 10-8 at Newport Harbor (5-5)
On September 24 and 11-7 to Los Alamitos (5-2) on September 26. Breakers quest for a 15th straight league title will be tested on October 10 when they host Huntington Beach.
Girls Volleyball (23-8, 3-0)
Breakers completed their first round of league play last week undefeated but without some stressful moments on Tuesday, September 24 at Fountain Valley. Breakers have never lost a best-of-five set match to the Barons but suddenly found themselves on the robes after losing number one setter, Soren Patchell to illness and suddenly having the varsity’s other setter, Natalia Hagopian struggling with an asthma flair-up in the warm humid gym. After winning set one 25-20, the squad trailed in set two most of the way before taking the lead at 22-20. It appeared Laguna would steal a win but sloppy play handed the hosts a 25-23 set victory. Set 3 was more of the same as Laguna trailed early but rallied to lead midway and seemed to be back on track leading 25-24 and serving set point. It was not to be as the Barons scored three straight points and Laguna was suddenly down in sets 2-1. As dismal as things seemed, Laguna suddenly regrouped and focused to blast the Barons in an easy 25-13 rout in set four and after trailing 8-6 in the fifth, the Breakers scored eight straight points to quickly change the momentum and escape with the match win. Top marks for the day were a record 38 digs by Halle Carballo, 25 by Piper Naess and 23 by Sophie Reavis. The team total of 122 was the most recorded for a five-set match. Naess had 18 kills, Ella Tyus 16 and Reavis 15. Natalia Hagopian dished out 51 assists, two blocks, three aces and four kills under very difficult circumstances.
Thursday’s match with Newport Harbor turned into an easy 25-17, 25-12, 25-20 sweep with Piper Naess leading the way with 17 kills. Laguna is now 127-1 in league play since 2005.
NEXT HOME MATCHES: Monday, October 7, @ Dugger Gym vs Marina and Thursday October 10 with Fountain Valley. Varsity should start about 5:30. You can follow the team on Instagram at lbhsvarsitygirlsvb and statistics are posted on Max Preps.
SSCIF D1 Poll Sept 30 : 1 – Redondo Union, 2 – Marymount, 3 – Mater Dei, 4 – Sierra Canyon, 5 – Laguna Beach, 6 – Foothill, 7 – Mira Costa, 8 – Vista Murrieta, 9 – San Juan Hills, 10 – Long Beach Poly, 11 – Aliso Niguel, 12 – Village Christian, 13 – Temecula Valley, 14 – Corona del Mar, 15 – Huntington Beach & Los Alamitos. Others: Chaparral, Lakewood, San Clemente, Santa Margarita. [Top 16 in final poll will be D1]
Boys Sand Volleyball (1-1)
Newport Harbor narrowly defeated Laguna 4-3 on September 26 at the Grant Street courts in Newport.
# 1 Geste Bianchi – Andrew Reavis lost 21-18, 17-21, 9-15; # 2 Charlie Pillsbury – Jett Rocha lost 12-21, 19-21
# 3 Tanner Mauro – Lucas Kravitz lost 18-21, 10-21; # 4 Booker Frith – Josh Meiswinkel won 21-10m 25-23
# 5 Trenton Gilles – Oskar Hingel lost 12-21, 16-21; The Breaker 4-man team of Geste Bianchi, Andrew Reavis, Tanner Mauro and Jet Rocha won 28-20
Breakers JV also lost 4-3 to the Tars. The Sand program is very popular with a large frosh-soph group also training as the squads practice on the Main Beach courts in the afternoon on school days. This week Laguna had the opportunity to host Santa Margarita on Oct 2 and will host Mater Dei on Tuesday October 8. Breakers have been fortunate to host a few home contests on the local courts and hope to have more opportunities to play in Laguna. In the first few seasons of the program. All matches had to be played in Newport and Huntington.
Boys Water Polo (10-4, 0-1)
Laguna captured the Villa Park Tournament over the weekend going 5-0 and taking down D1 # 18 Damien 11-9 in the finals on Saturday at the Spartan’s pool. Tournament started on Thursday at the Capo Valley pool where Laguna defeated Sunset Wave teams Fountain Valley 21-0 and Edison 13-6. On Friday the Breakers beat Carlsbad (San Diego CIF) 9-6 in the Capo pool to advance to the semifinals Saturday morning at Villa Park. Breakers took care of Central CIF’s Righetti’s of Santa Maria 13-6 to advance to the finals. Breakers had not played in this tournament since 2007 and had only appeared in the finals once back in 1996.
Last Wednesday, Laguna opened league play losing a 10-9 heartbreaker in overtime to # 8 Corona del Mar in a “home” game played at the full-size Newport Harbor High School pool. Breakers jumped out to a 3-1 lead on goals by Toby Baumgardner, Michael Pinto, and William Kelly. The Sea Kings battled back to lead 8-7 midway through the final period before a score by Pinto sent the contest to overtime. All the scoring from there took place in the initial three-minute period with no scoring in the second three-minute overtime. Breakers faced # 4 Huntington Beach this past Wednesday at Newport and will travel to San Clemente on Saturday, October 5 for a game with D1 # 13 San Clemente at the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center. Next week Laguna is at # 2 Newport Harbor on Monday, and at # 15 Dana Hills on Friday.
SSCIF Poll for Sept 30: 1 – Harvard-Westlake, 2 – Newport Harbor, 3 – Loyola, 4 – Huntington Beach, 5 (tie) – Santa Margarita, Oaks Christian, Mater Dei, 8 – Corona del Mar, 9 – Orange Lutheran, 10 (Tie): Palos Verdes, Laguna Beach, Woodbridge, 13 – San Clemente, 14 – Foothill, 15 – Dana Hills, 16 – Mira Costa, 17 – Los Alamitos, 18 – Damien, 19 – Riverside Poly, 20 – Dos Pueblos. (Top 8 will be D1, balance in D2)