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Breakers hope to keep title hopes alive

High School Football

A win Friday against Costa Mesa will keep Laguna Beach's league championship dreams in tact, but the Mustangs haven't lost in six weeks.

November 03, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

The Orange Coast League football race is entering its most intriguing point of the season, one that will determine the league champion.

Laguna Beach has a chance Friday to stay in title contention when it hosts Costa Mesa at Guyer Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

It's a crucial game for both teams. For the Breakers, a victory will keep them in no worse than second place in the standings. For the Mustangs, a win would allow them to maintain no worse than a share of the league lead heading into a Nov. 11 showdown with an Estancia team that entered the week tied for first place with the Mustangs.

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Sixth-ranked Laguna is 2-1 in league and 7-1 overall. Ninth-ranked Costa Mesa is also 7-1 but 3-0 in league. The Mustangs also are on a six-game win streak.

"The kids know what's on the line," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said. "They're pretty calm about the whole thing and they've had a real good week of practice. We will be ready to go but our problem is that we're short-handed. We took 30 kids to our game last week (at Godinez) and this week, we have just 28 kids who will play."

Churchill said the Breakers will be without junior defensive end/fullback Ricky Coury (dislocated shoulder) and junior offensive guard/defensive end Spencer Anderson for Friday's game. Coury suffered a dislocated shoulder and Anderson a concussion during last week's win over Godinez.

Churchill said that senior Travis Clawson will replace Coury and junior Adam Farsheed will fill in for Anderson on the defensive side.

Laguna is coming off a wild 42-35 victory over Godinez. The Breakers seemed well on their way to an easy night on Oct. 28 after taking a 21-0 lead on the Grizzlies after one quarter. They bolted to that lead on a 16-yard scoring pass from Larry Stewart to Derek Reigel, a 75-yard touchdown run by Robert Clemons and a 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Norton Penney.

Penney's 93-yard return set a record for Laguna. The previous record for a fumble return (89 yards) was set by Clancy Oliver in 1964.

"Then we went to sleep," Churchill said. "They (Godinez) recovered a couple of onside kicks and we had a dumb penalty on a fourth-down play to keep one of their drives alive and just like that, we were down at halftime."

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