Breakers can't catch any breaks

In an already injury-plagued season, Laguna possibly loses standout receiver Chris Paul for the remainder of the year.

October 28, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach receiver Chris Paul, seen here during a game last year, seperated his shoulder on a touchdown catch last week and will miss the remainder of the 2010 season.
Laguna Beach receiver Chris Paul, seen here during a game… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

It's been a strange, quirky season for the Laguna Beach High football season in 2010.

Since setting up for their first set of downs Sept. 10 at Guyer Field against Northwood, the Breakers have been besieged by injuries. They entered that season opener without starting running back Michael Hyden, who was out with a broken lge. Throughout the month of September, other players, including running back/linebacker Norty Penney, were out of the lineup due to injury. This month, the hit list continued, including what Coach Jonathan Todd called a "season-ending" injury to key lineman Ricki Delatorre.

Last Friday, the Breakers suffered another blow.

In a 42-27 homecoming game loss to Orange Coast League foe Calvary Chapel, senior receiver/defensive back/kick returner Chris Paul suffered a separated right shoulder on a touchdown catch in the second quarter. Paul, last year's league Most Valuable Player and All-CIF selection, has set several program records. He's the all-time single-season leader for receptions (61) and receiving touchdowns (19), and is the school's career leader in receptions (135), receiving touchdowns (35) and two-point conversions (six). He is second in career scoring with 234 points.


"Right now, my goal is to try to come back, but I don't know what my timetable is," Paul said. "I've been in physical therapy this week and I'd like to come back and play next week, if possible. If not, then I'll shoot for our final game. I don't want the season to end this way."

A month ago, Todd said he couldn't wait to have a healthy lineup on the field. He likely won't get the chance to see that hope come to fruition.

"We really haven't had a full team playing together at one time, and it's been tough on us," Paul said. "We've come up short in a few games, but we still go out there and play yard and give it everything we've got."

Laguna will march onward, as it has all season, into today's league game against visiting Godinez. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Guyer Field.

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