Laguna clicking on all cylinders

High School Football

Breakers, after latest 59-7 victory, enter Orange Coast League play on a roll and will look to stay hot against an improved Saddleback squad.

October 04, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna's Robbie McInerny runs over a Pioneer player while teammate Jake Hexberg gets into the play after McInerny's interception Friday.
Laguna's Robbie McInerny runs over a Pioneer player… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Having put the finishing touches on a near-perfect showing in nonleague play, the Laguna Beach football team sets its focus on the start of the Orange Coast League season.

The league race opens Friday for the Breakers, who host Saddleback at 7p.m. at Guyer Field.

Laguna won for the fourth time in five nonleague games Sept. 28 by racing past visiting Pioneer of Whittier, 59-7.

The Breakers, the No. 2-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, averaged 52 points per game in going 4-0-1 in nonleague action.

"We've put up some numbers on offense but really, it's how the different ways that we've been scoring is what's been impressive, to me," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said. "We scored on kickoff returns and punt returns, even interception returns. We've found different ways to reach the end zone and that's terrific. It's a team game and that's how we've been winning."


The Breakers showed that versatility in last week's win against Pioneer. They scored on a 50-yard touchdown run by Nathan Lancaster on their first play from scrimmage on a night where senior running back Drake Martinez set the school record for career touchdowns. Martinez, who has 45 career touchdowns, scored on runs of 15 and 18 yards and returned the second half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown on a reverse handoff.

The scoring ended when Robert Clemons returned a punt in the fourth quarter 56 yards for a touchdown. It tied the school single-season record for punt returns for touchdown for Clemons, who now has seven career touchdowns on returns.

Lancaster also scored on a 21-yard run and quarterback Larry Stewart scored on a five-yard run and threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Jake Hexburg. Robbie McInerny, whose 35-yard return of an interception in the second quarter set up Stewart's scoring run, booted a 22-yard field goal.

Lancaster led all rushers with 111 yards on seven carries, and Martinez had 81 yards on nine attempts.

As a team, the 2012 Breakers have the school single-season record for touchdowns on returns (12) and touchdowns on punt returns (six).

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