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Martinez is spectacular in lopsided victory

Junior standout has a monster night on offense and defense, rushing for 313 yards and four TDs and intercepting two passes and returning one for a score in Laguna Beach's 73-40 victory.

September 22, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

In the second week of its season, the Laguna Beach football team was at it again.

One game removed from rolling up 55 points in a record-setting, season-opening 55-7 victory over Webb on Sept. 9, the Breakers out-did themselves last week when they nearly blew out the light bulbs on the scoreboard at Guyer Field by racking up 73 points on Ocean View in a 73-40 nonleague victory.

The 73 points are a school record for a single game, eclipsing the 70 points scored against Capistrano in a 70-0 victory in 1945. The 55 points and 73 points in back-to-back outings also are a school record for scoring in consecutive games. The 113 total points scored during last week's game also is a school record.

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Laguna scored 44 first-half points (the Breakers led at the break, 44-26) which also is a school record for first-half scoring (old record, 38 points, was set in a 1991 game against Ontario Christian).

Kicker Robbie McInerny also set a school record with eight point-after kicks and tied the school record for kicking points (11) in a single game. He had set the single-game PAT record (seven) last week against Webb.

"Scoring-wise, it was one of the craziest games I've been a part of," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said. "They (Ocean View) scored first and it went back-and-forth from there. There were a lot of big plays and a lot of big scoring plays. We didn't run that many plays, actually."

The night was nothing shy of sensational for junior running back/safety Drake Martinez, whose superlatives were numerous. On offense, he rushed for four rushing touchdowns covering 48, 59, 65 and 60 yards, finished with 313 yards rushing on 15 carries to rank as the second-highest output in school history. He also caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Larry Stewart and scored 32 points — a school record.

Martinez was just as menacing defensively with one blocked extra-point and two interceptions, one of which he returned 39 yards for Laguna's final touchdown in a wild first quarter.

Prior to the start of the season, Churchill said that Martinez — whose brother, Taylor, is starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers — had the "most raw talent on the team."

"What Drake did Friday was one of the best single individual efforts I've ever seen as a coach," he said. "Not only did he run wild on offense and have those two picks on defense, he also had four or five really big hits in the secondary for us. He's just a tremendous player."

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