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Lancaster breaks OC rushing record

Laguna Beach senior runs for 547 yards, seven touchdowns on 30 carries in 62-56 overtime loss to Calvary Chapel.

October 31, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

Things were back to normal early last Friday morning for Nathan Lancaster. Well, as about as normal as could be expected, less than 12 hours after a wild and memorable game in Costa Mesa Oct. 24.

The Laguna Beach High senior certainly had some relevant numbers to share with his peers in his statistics class Oct. 25, in the 8:30 a.m. class that was his first of the day.

On Oct. 24 at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High, Lancaster went into a class by himself when he rushed his way into the Orange County football record books.

“Amazing,” and, “unbelievable,” were the same two words both his coach, Corey Brown, and former coach, Mike Churchill, used when describing the speedy, 6-foot, 185-pound running back’s performance against Calvary Chapel.

Lancaster shattered the Orange County record for single-game rushing yards when he ripped, roared and fought his way for 547 yards in a 62-56 overtime loss in an Orange Coast League game. He also reached the end zone seven times on 30 carries, two of those carries coming in overtime where he didn’t gain a yard.

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Lancaster broke the county record when he scored on a 68-yard run with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. His touchdown gave the Breakers, ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, a 56-49 lead. No. 6-ranked Calvary Chapel came back to tie the score in the final minute, to send the game to overtime.
The Eagles then took their first and only lead of the game when they scored the winning touchdown in overtime.

Lancaster said he had no idea that he had hoarded so many rushing yards. He found out after the game that he had, by 20 yards, eclipsed the old county record of 527 rushing yards set by Skyler Champion of Foothill in a 1999 game against Orange.

“I went online, and saw on the L.A. Times website, what I had done,” Lancaster said. “To be honest, I was shocked. I didn’t expect that many yards. I thought I had, maybe, 300 yards. I definitely was surprised.”

Surprised, maybe, but for those in attendance, they witnessed a huge game by a talented back who, whether he hits a pile and looks as though he’s about to be taken down, or blazes into the open field, is difficult to contain.

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