Match made in (gridiron) heaven

From the moment they joined the Laguna Beach football program, quarterback Austin Paxson and receiver Chris Paul developed a bond that paved the way for record-breaking success.

December 23, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Chris Paul, left, and Austin Paxson set numerous records while playing for the Laguna Beach High School football program.
Chris Paul, left, and Austin Paxson set numerous records… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

The introduction took place four summers ago when two youngsters from different middle schools met while pursuing the same dream: to make it with the Laguna Beach High football program.

Austin Paxson and Chris Paul said they didn't know each other before trying out for the Laguna freshman team that day in 2007. Few others did, either.

But today, the duo needs no introduction. After four years with the program — each has played on varsity for three years — both have made themselves well-known, especially within the school's football record book.

"I definitely wasn't paying attention to any of it until I was told about the records," Paxson, 17, said. "But now that I'm done playing football here, it's kind of cool to look back and see what we did, the legacy that we are leaving behind."

"I'm the same way," Paul said. "I didn't know too much about the records until I was told. I try not to get too caught up in that stuff. I just wanted to go out and play and have fun. It's great, though, to know that I was able to go into the record books."


It's quite a mark — make that, marks — the two are leaving.

For Paxson, who has been the Breakers' starting quarterback since early in his sophomore year, the records stand as this:

•-Career yards (5,004)

•-Career passing yards (5,245)

•-Pass attempts, career (650)

•-Pass completions, career (341)

•-Touchdown passes, single game (5, twice)

•-Touchdown passes, single season (26)

•-Touchdown passes, career (59)

•-Touchdowns responsible for, single season (28)

•-Touchdowns responsible for, career (65)

•-Passing yards, single game (349; holds three of top 10 spots)

•-PATs, single game (7)

•-PATs, career (55)

For Paul — who has been a jack of all trades, working as a kick return specialist and defensive back, in addition to starring at receiver — his accolades are:

•-Touchdowns, career (44)

•-Receptions, single game (15)

•-Receptions, career (151)

•-Receiving yards, single game (241; holds three of top 10 spots)

•-Receiving yards, career (2,545)

•-Touchdown receptions, single game (5, twice)

•-Touchdown receptions, season (19)

•-Touchdown receptions, career (42)

•-Points, single game (30, twice)

•-Points, career (276)

•-Two-point conversions scored, single season (4)

•-Two-point conversions scored, career (6)

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