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Breakers have set the bar high

The Laguna Beach High football team look to continue their torrid pace after a successful summer.

August 09, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach two-way player Robert Clemons returns for his senior year this fall. The Breakers start preseason camp Monday at Guyer Field.
Laguna Beach two-way player Robert Clemons returns for… (KEVIN CHANG, Coastline…)

Year one is done and in the books.

What, possibly, will the second season hold?

After a record-setting season last fall, the Laguna Beach High football program turns its attention to the 2012 season which, believe it or not, is just a few weeks away from its starting point. Players have had a two-week respite between the end of summer ball, and the start of fall camp which opens Monday at Guyer Field. The Breakers begin their season Aug. 31 against Bolsa Grande.

The summer session was a success for the Breakers who held four 7-on-7 passing competitions against six schools (JSerra, Lakeside, Estancia, Laguna Hills, Huntington Beach and Aliso Niguel).

"I thought we had a real good summer," Head Coach Mike Churchill said during the final week of summer play. "The kids worked hard and they look like they've been in the weight room. I think people will notice how much bigger we are, than last year. We also have pretty good team speed."

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Churchill is in his second year as head coach at Laguna. All his team did last year was break or tie, 30 school records. The Breakers finished the regular season ranked eighth in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll. They became just the third Laguna team to win 10 games in a season. They also became the first Laguna team since 1964 to reach the CIF semifinals and third to win two playoff games in a season.

Laguna's season ended in a semifinal loss to eventual Southern Division champion Corona del Mar.

The Breakers lost a few key players from last year's team to graduation in June, but return several outstanding playmakers this fall. Churchill said six starters return on the offensive side of the ball, complimented by eight on the defensive end.

Among the returnees is returning first-team all-league players Drake Martinez (running back/defensive back), Larry Stewart (quarterback), and Spencer Anderson (offensive line/defensive end), and second-team all-league players Robert Clemons (running back/linebacker) and two-way lineman Blake Hester.

Martinez and record-setting kicker Robbie McInerny were named to the 2011 CIF All-Southern Division Football Team. Martinez ended his junior year last year setting school single-season records for rushing yards (1,889), touchdowns (27 rushing, two receiving) and scoring (188 points). Last year, McInerny set single-season records for kick scoring points (82) and point-after-touchdown points (76), and set a single-game mark for PATs (eight).

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