Laguna goes for high five

Breakers football team seeks fifth consecutive win to start the season after crushing yet another opponent last week.

October 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • [Laguna Beach High's Norton Penney (42), seen here in a Sept. 16 game against Ocean View, rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns to help the Breakers defeat Mary Star of the Sea, 55-26, last week.
[Laguna Beach High's Norton Penney (42), seen here… (KEVIN CHANG, Coastline…)

The start to the 2011 prep football season has been nothing short of incredible for Laguna Beach, which this week has a chance to do something that no Laguna team has done in 11 seasons: win five straight games.

The Breakers get that chance Friday when they travel to Fontana to take on Jurupa Hills. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Last week, Laguna ran its record to 4-0 by overpowering Mary Star of the Sea, 55-26, in San Pedro. As has been their trademark all season, the Breakers did the majority of their damage on the ground. They rushed 480 yards and added 55 more through the air in scoring 55 points or more for the third time this season. Two Breakers went over the 100-yard plateau, with Drake Martinez rolling for 178 yards on 11 carries and Norton Penney for 140 on eight rushes. Both scored three times.

The run game also included 83 yards and a score on three carries from Robert Clemons and Nathan Lancaster banged out 52 yards and a touchdown on just two touches. Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said that offensive guards Blake Hester and Spencer Anderson were named the team's offensive players of the week for their "outstanding" play up front.


The Breakers never trailed against the Stars. They took a 14-0 lead and were up, 34-14, at the half. They went into the fourth quarter in complete command with a 55-20 advantage.

Laguna only got off six offensive plays in the fourth quarter after Mary Star (0-4) requested a running clock for the final 12 minutes.

"The kids did real well," Churchill said. "We got better coming off the Bishop Montgomery game, where we had several players real sick. We're getting healthy and back on speed."

"We did a good job of taking control early. Our (running) backs played real well. But we're not playing as well on defense right now, as I think we will be by the end of the year. But we're improving and getting better."

Awaiting Laguna on Friday is a Jurupa Hills team that is 1-3. The Spartans haven't played since Sept. 23, when they lost, 42-34, to Desert Hot Springs and are giving up an average of 24 points per game. Freshman quarterback Damion Wright has thrown for 512 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging 128 yards through air per game. The Spartans have rushed for just 385 total yards and their run game is led by junior backs Jordan Booker and Wayman Cooley.

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