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High School Football: Breakers keep rolling

Laguna Beach uses 42-13 dominating win against Godinez to remain unbeaten on the season.

November 01, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach | Coastline…)

It was Senior Night, and oh, what a night, it turned out to be for the Laguna Beach High football team.

Laguna, the second-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, played host to Godinez in an Orange Coast League game Oct. 26 that had big ramifications for both the Breakers and Grizzlies. The finished product had Laguna written all over it, as the Breakers cruised to a 42-13 victory at Guyer Field.

The win gave Laguna a piece of the OCL title, which is the 13th championship in 78 years of varsity football for the program. The Breakers (8-0-1, 4-0 in league) had a shot at becoming only the fourth Laguna team to finish the regular season without a loss when they played their final league game Thursday against Costa Mesa at Jim Scott Stadium on the Estancia campus. The score wasn't available at press time.

The last time a Laguna team finished regular season play without a loss was 44 years ago. That 1968 Hal Akins-coached squad went 9-0 during the regular season and won the Crestline League title outright, won its first playoff game, and ended the year 10-1.

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The 1937 (7-0-2) and 1946 (8-0) teams, both coached by Maurice "Red" Guyer, are the only other two Laguna teams to finish a regular season without a loss.

"It was a special night for our seniors and their parents," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said. "I thought we didn't come out real focused at the beginning of the game, though. We talked at halftime about that, and I thought the kids responded well and came out and played a really good second half."

Although points scored again were no problem – Laguna has scored 40 or more in seven games, and more than 30 in all nine – the Breakers had one of their more productive outings on offense against Godinez.

Senior quarterback Larry Stewart was nine of 13 for 217 yards with three touchdowns, and also rushed for a score. Senior fullback Drake Martinez, the program's career rushing and scoring leader, racked up 103 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Two of Stewart's scoring passes went to Martinez, the other, to junior back Nathan Lancaster.

Putting up big numbers had been tough to achieve for a team that came into the game averaging less than 30 players on offense through its first eight games.

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