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A new day arrives for Breakers

High School Football

Brown takes the reins as coach of the Laguna Beach High football team, which stays busy during summer.

July 18, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Corey Brown is excited about the prospects for his first Laguna Beach High football team.

Summer football arrived at Guyer Field last week and the Breakers already have competed in two passing tournaments starting with a seven-on-seven tournament July 11 at JSerra. Irvine High, followed Wednesday with a tournament at Irvine High.

Brown, in his first year as head coach of the Breakers, was glad to have the summer session arrive.

"Finally," he said. "We have been preparing for summer camp and fall camp since the first week of January, beginning with strength and conditioning. We have had a solid, 25-30 [players] on the roster since January, [and] our numbers have grown with spring ball and now with summer camp. We are operating with 40 varsity athletes and 30 frosh athletes. I'm very excited and encouraged with this group."

Since summer camp began July 8, Brown continues to discover what his team has to offer. He summed up his take on the 2013 Breakers in two words: "tough and unselfish."

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"Our team is coming together quickly," he said. "This group has been playing together the past few seasons and we have players who are leaders and ready to be important players for this year's team."

Laguna has experienced incredible success on the gridiron in the past two years. During that time, the Breakers established numerous program records, won a league championship, and reached the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals both years. Several players from that two-year run have moved on through graduation.

Gone are key components from a high-scoring offense, and on both sides of the ball.

"True, we lost a big chunk of offense, but we also lost a big chunk of defense and special teams," said Brown who was a varsity assistant to Mike Churchill the past two years and the head frosh/soph coach the past three. "Last year's team was one the best in Laguna Beach history and a very special team with special players, but it's our time now.

"We are going to have a season here and focus on one game at a time. The bar is set high but we want to be successful and reach those goals and expectations. We are focusing on having a complete team."

At the JSerra passing tournament, Laguna was part of a field that included the host Lions, Canyon/Anaheim and San Juan Hills. Wednesday at Irvine, the competition included Laguna, Irvine, El Toro and Newport Harbor.

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