Playoff Berth at Stake

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Ryan Blaser makes the catch. Photo by Lisa Fields.
Ryan Blaser makes the catch. Photo by Lisa Fields.

Breakers advanced to their final regular season contest with an opportunity tonight to earn entry into the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The team defeated Estancia 42-21 last Thursday, Oct. 24, at Scott Field. To earn a berth in the D-13 playoffs, Breakers must defeat Calvary Chapel (3-1, OCL) at Guyer Field on Friday, Nov. 4. Kick off is 7 p.m.

Division 13 is comprised of 83 teams in 35 leagues so more teams will finish first or second in league play than the 16 playoff spots can accommodate. No wild card games will be held outside the round of 16 and CIF will take all league champions regardless of ranking (appears to be seven or eight schools).

From there, CIF will complete the bracket with the highest ranked second place teams. Breakers may make the cut if they can defeat Calvary, not an easy task when comparing scores for this season’s contests. The Eagles also hold the series edge 13-7-2 and will be fighting just as hard for a post-season spot.

Sean Nolan outruns Estancia’s defense. Photo courtesy of LBHS Breaker football.
Sean Nolan outruns Estancia’s defense. Photo courtesy of LBHS Breaker football.

At Estancia, Adam Armstrong opened the contest with a dramatic 62-yard kickoff return to the Eagle 18 yard line. Breakers were unable to capitalize on this and the 33-yard field goal attempt by Sean Nolan was wide left. Estancia took possession on their 20 and proceeded to steamroll Laguna 80-yards in six plays to score. Armstrong blocked the extra point and the hosts led just 6-0 in what looked like would be a long evening ahead for Laguna.

Breakers responded with a strong six-play drive of their own, going 72 yards to score on a Bruce Knill run. After that, the two teams traded possessions five times before the Breakers erupted in the final five minutes of the first half.

Breakers moved 80 yards on three pass plays with Adam Armstrong picking up 61 yards on two passes from Curtis Harrison, who was having a career evening. The score by Armstrong followed by Nolan’s kick gave Laguna a 14-6 lead with just under four minutes remaining. Two well-defended incomplete passes and a one-yard run forced an Estancia punt from their 21-yard line. Breakers pulled off a partially blocked attempt and the wobbling ball only advanced 13 yards. Still it took a big third down 23-yard pass play to Ryan Blaser to set up the score. Matt Hayes rambled nine yards for the points and it was now 21-6 .

Estancia’s first play after the kickoff was picked off by Blaser and Laguna was back in business on a short field. Five passes later the Breakers took a 28-6 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, Laguna held Estancia to a three play drive to open the half and responded with a seven-play, 56-yard drive culminating on a Curtis Harrison 19-yard run for the score. Nolan made it 35-8 on his PAT, and on Estancia’s very next scrimmage play, a fumble gave Laguna another short drive opportunity. Reserve runner Jesse French was called on and delivered two runs and the Breaker lead was suddenly 42-6 with 20 minutes still remaining in the contest. Subs completely took over at that point and the final two Estancia scores came on a running clock in the final period. The big play highlight during was Noah Kilburg’s 41-yard interception run from the Estancia end zone.

 

D13 TOP 10 for week 10 (10-31): 1 – Santa Ana, 2 – Nogales, 3 – Rancho Christian, 4 – Campbell Hall, 5 – Orange, 6 – South El Monte, 7 – Mary Star of the Sea, 8 – Yucca Valley, 9 – Boron, 10 – Sierra Vista

 

Catch all Laguna games and replays at http://www.kx935.com/shows/breakers-football-live/. Tim Becwar does a professional broadcast on the Breakers games home and away. Stats on all games at MAXPREPS.com

Adam Armstrong carries the ball for the Breakers. Photo courtesy of LBHS Breaker football.
Adam Armstrong carries the ball for the Breakers. Photo courtesy of LBHS Breaker football.

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Laguna Beach 7 21 14 0 42
Estancia 6 0 0 15 21

E – 1 run (kick blocked) 9:26 1st Q

L – Knill 1 run (Nolan kick) 7:40 1st Q

L – Armstrong 26 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 3:58 2nd Q

L – Hayes 9 run (Nolan kick) 1:55 2nd Q

L – Knill 2 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 0:23 2nd Q

L – Harrison 19 run (Nolan kick) 8:42 3rd Q

L – French 8 run (Nolan kick) 8:14 3rd Q

E – 29 pass (Pass) 9:00 4th Q

E – 47 pass (kick good) 3:32 4th Q

 

LB E
1st Downs 19 18
Rush/Yds 28-147 26-116
Pass Yds 310 255
C-A-I 24-33-0 13-26-2
Plays/TYG 61-457 52-371
Fumbles/Lost 2-0 2-1
Return Yds 48 0
Punts/Ave 2-37.5 5-35.4
Penalties/Yds 6-50 7-45
TOP: 25:16 22:44

 

Rushing: Harrison 4-32, Knill 7-41, M Hayes 5-26, French 9-47, Sokolovic 1-4, Team 2-(3)

Passing: Harrison 33-24-0 310 yards 2 TDS 171.6 rating Receiving: Armstrong 6-125, Blaser 5-102, Nolan 5-36, Knill 3-16, Langton 2-0, Moriarty 1-5, McMurray 1-13, Ball 1-13 Punt Returns: Blaser 1-7, Langton 1-(3) KO Returns: Armstrong 1-62, Langton 1-17 Interception Returns; Blaser 1-3, Kilburg 1-41 Punting: Nolan 2-75 yards, 37.5 ave

 

Game Milestones:

310 yards passing by Harrison ranks 6th all-time, 24 completions misses game record by 2

 

Season Milestones:

Sean Nolan: 4 FG ranks 6th (T), 29 XP1 ranks 4th, 41 pts kick scoring ranks 4th

Curtis Harrison 15 TD passes ranks 9th, 1,49 yards passing ranks 12th , total offense of 1,582 ranks 12th

Ryan Blaser 533 receiving yards ranks 16th, 35 catches ranks 21st

 

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