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Laguna's aerial attack hits the mark

Quarterback Paxson and wideout Paul set single-game school records as Breakers record first win of the season last week.

October 07, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The first victory in the 2010 prep football season for the Laguna Beach Breakers was also one for the record books.

At Guyer Field last Friday, Laguna defeated visiting Mary Star of the Sea, 26-21. It was the first home game in three weeks for the Breakers (1-3).

Not only will the win go into the program's annals, so will a couple of big performances by a pair of big-play Breakers.

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Senior quarterback Austin Paxson, who missed the Sept. 24 game at Bishop Montgomery because of illness and missed the entire second half of the Breakers' previous game, Sept. 17 at Ocean View, because of an injury to his throwing hand, returned to action in a big way against the Stars. Paxson threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns on an 18-for-24 night. The yardage was a school single-game record, breaking the previous single-game mark of 333 passing yards set by Alex Wilson against Calvary Chapel in 2002.

With those gaudy numbers, Paxson also became the school's career passing yards leader with 3,860. He broke the career mark, 3,629 yards, set between 1992-93 by Pat Wood.

All four of Paxson's touchdown passes, covering 63, five, 19 and 77 yards, went to junior receiver Chris Paul, who also missed the Bishop Montgomery game because of a concussion he sustained in the Ocean View game. In the process, Paul set school single-game records for receiving yards (241, breaking the previous mark of 224 yards set by Jeff Cummings against Buena Park in 1985) and tied the record he held for touchdown receptions.

In addition, both Paxson and Paul extended school records they already held: Paxson for career passing touchdowns (now at 44) and Paul for career catches (126) and career touchdown receptions (34).

"They both had an amazing night," Laguna Coach Jonathan Todd said. "We weren't running the ball well and those two came through in a big way.

"The thing about Austin is that he just makes plays. He's very athletic. On one of those touchdown passes, there was a little pressure on him but he ad-libbed in our wheel route, stepped away from the pressure and hit Chris with a really nice pass."

With more records secured in the books, the Breakers this week turned their attention to tonight's game. They'll travel to Hesperia to face Oak Hills in their final tune-up before the start of Orange Coast League play next week.

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