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Simon Continues to Spark Laguna

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Football (2-3)

Quarterback Jack Simon directed a game-winning eight play, 80-yard drive to lift the Breakers to a 21-17 win over Sage Hill School in the first football meeting between the Newport Coast institution and Laguna. Breakers were not off the hook with Simon’s 28-yard touchdown run and still had to withstand a nerve-breaking nine-play and nearly three minute possession by the host school before claiming victory.

Breakers looked dominant early in the game, appearing to continue the strong play exhibited against Westminster the previous week. Laguna went 75 yards in nine plays on their first possession. George Cracknell continues to provide a bright spot for the 2015 team, connecting on his first of three extra-point tries to delight the large visitor contingent in attendance.

Laguna moved to a two-score lead on the first play of the second period as Simon threaded the Lightning secondary with a strike to Curtis Harrison, who took the ball the remaining 42 yards to the house for a 61-yard pass play.

After that, the Breakers could never generate decent field position and Sage gained more confidence. Once the Lightning tied the contest in the final seconds of the third quarter, Laguna drove 78 yards in nine plays, but missed on a 39-yard field goal try. Sage came right back for a 69-yard net drive, aided by a broken play 71-yard run. The run ended on the Laguna three yard line, but Sage could go no further. They lost five yards on a procedure penalty and another seven on a sack, which set up their go-ahead field goal with just over five minutes remaining. Breakers took the kick off and Simon hit Matt Hayes for 11 yards to start the winning drive.

Breakers are off this week and begin league play next Friday, Oct. 9 at Guyer Field, host to the Costa Mesa team, which appears to be No. 2 in the league. Mustangs lead the series 24-11 but the last 10 are evenly split at 5-5.

 

2015 Game # 5 – @ Sage Hill School Statistics

Jack Simon finds room around the left side for a big gain during Laguna’s 21-17 win at Sage Hill on Friday, Sept. 25.

Jack Simon finds room around the left side for a big gain during Laguna’s 21-17 win at Sage Hill on Friday, Sept. 25.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Laguna Beach 7 7 0 7 21
Sage Hill 0 7 7 3 17

 

L – Simon 1 run (Cracknell kick) 6:51 1st Q

L – Harrison 61 pass from Simon (Cracknell kick) 11:50 2nd Q

S – 1 run (kick) 8:24 2nd Q

S – 1 run (kick) 0:10 3rd Q

S – 28 FG 5:21 4th Q

L – Simon 28 run (Cracknell kick) 2:51 4th Q

 

LB Sage
1st Downs 16 12
Rush/Yds 30-207 36-131
Pass Yds 151 92
C-A-I 12-18-0 11-23-0
Plays/TYG 48-358 59-223
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 3-0
Return Yds 0 38
Punts/Ave 5-26.2 4-33.5
Penalties/Yds 10-93 7-60
Time of Poss 21:36 26:24
Senior quarterback Jack Simon carried the ball 25 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns during Laguna’s 21-17 win at Sage Hill on Friday, Sept. 25. photos by Robert Campbell.

Senior quarterback Jack Simon carried the ball 25 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns during Laguna’s 21-17 win at Sage Hill on Friday, Sept. 25. photos by Robert Campbell.

 

Rushing Simon 25-163, Cracknell 3-23, Armstrong 1-17, Hayes 1-4; Passing Simon 18-12-0 151 yds 1 TD 155.5 rating; Receiving Hayes 6-54, Cracknell 3-20, Harrsion 1-61, Blaser 2-16; Punting Simon 5-131 26.2

 

Milestones:

Jack Simon became only the 10th player in 81 seasons to pass 3,000 career yards in total offense (rushing and passing) He is now # 9 career total offense with 3,180 yards jumping pass Danny Lane (1985-87) who has 3,127.

 

Career Total Offensive – Where Jack Ranks ….    

Player                      Seasons                W-L-T              Plays         Yards            TDR

Austin Paxson          2008-09-10        13-20-0             729           5,004            65

Pat Wood                 1992-93                3-17-0             661           4,189            34

Charley Bowman     2005-06-07        12-18-1              783           3,865            35

Nathan Lancaster    2011-12-13        26-9-1                308           3,836            50

Drake Martinez       2010-2012         24-11-1              365           3,533            50

Alex Wilson              2001-02-03        14-16-1              557           3,314            30

Lance Stewart         1978-79-80        15-13-0              617           3,299            26

Ryan Schissler          1997-98-99           6-24-0             613           3,233            20

Jack Simon              2013-14-15           9-16-0             563           3,180            27

Danny Lane              1985-86-87        21-12-0              539           3,127            26

TDR =Touchdowns Responsible – touchdowns passes + TD runs

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