Breakers faced a daunting task last Thursday, Sept. 15, when they faced the Orange High Panthers for the 16th time since 1936 and the first time since 1989.
The undefeated hosts had steamrolled their first three opponents and Laguna became the fourth, losing 48-17, but not without a fight. The contest opened with Orange driving 71 yards before key Laguna defensive plays stopped the Panthers on the Laguna five after Adam Armstrong and Blake Lusk prevented a first down.
Breakers moved the ball 12 yards on their first possession before learning that running would be difficult against Orange and losing 16 yards on two plays. The ensuing punt by the Breakers gave Orange great field position but after 10 plays the Breakers forced a field goal attempt that bounced off the cross bar. On Laguna’s second possession, the Breakers went 64 yards on 11 plays aided by four Panther penalties. Sean Nolan kicked the first points in a 33-yard field goal. It took Orange less than two minutes to respond and take a 7-3 lead into the intermission.
The third quarter unleashed the hosts after holding Laguna to negative yards on their first try in the quarter. Orange scored on all four possessions while Laguna added two scores for the most prolific quarter of scoring since 1940. Breakers gave up a 75-yard punt return for a score when Noah Kilburg caught a short kick on the Orange 46 and raced down the sideline, cutting the score to 21-10. After another Orange score on a five play drive, Laguna matched it with a seven-play drive of their own and trailed at that point 28-17. After that the Breakers ran out of gas as Orange added three more scores on their final three possessions.
Up next is Laguna’s final non-league contest on Friday, Sept. 23 at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano. The Tartan squad includes Nick Krantz, who set the Laguna sophomore rushing record in 2014 before transferring to the private school.
GAME # 04 @ ORANGE STATISTICS
L – Nolan 33 FG 6:27 2nd Q
O – 19 pass (kick) 4:30 2nd Q
O – 23 run (kick) 8:57 3rd Q
O – 75 punt return (kick) 6:57 3rd Q
L – Kilburg 46 KOR (Nolan kick) 6:49 3rd Q
O – 29 pass (kick) 4:23 3rd Q
L – Nolan 51 pass from Harrison (Nolan kick) 2:50 3rd Q
O – 46 run (kick) 2:01 3rd Q
O – 4 run (kick) 9:06 4th Q
O – 5 run (kick wide) 2:30 4th Q
Rushing: Harrison 13- (45), M Hayes 7-29, Langton 1-5, Blaser 1-5, French 2-(5)
Passing: Harrison 21-13-0 124 yards 127.2 rating
Receiving: Bell 1-8, Moriarty 2-29, Blaser 2-28, Nolan 4-58, M Hayes 2-(2), Armstrong 1-5, Langton 1-(2)
KO Returns: Armstrong 1-25, M Hayes 2-6, Kilburg 1-46
Punting: Nolan 6-215 35.8 average
Milestones – Team Game
42 combined 3rd quarter points was the 2nd most in history behind 47 points scored in the 4th quarter at Capistrano in 1940 ; 28 points allowed in a quarter ties for the 5th most.; 41 points allowed in the 2nd half is the 4th most ever.
Milestones – Individual Season:
Sean Nolan has 3 FG in the season, tied for 8th.; Curtis Harrison has 10 TD passes tied for 13th all-time.
YTD and game Statistics posted on Max Preps.
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