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Season ends for football team

Breakers needed an upset against Costa Mesa to make the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

November 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Corey Brown knew his team's chances were slim heading into Sunday's CIF Southern Section football playoffs selection process.

Laguna Beach, which held out hope of earning an invite to the Southern Division playoffs, had that final hope dashed when the pairings were revealed: the Breakers learned that their season was officially over.

Brown had that thought prior to Sunday's selections.

"We kind of expected that," Brown said of his team's exclusion from the postseason field. "Our staff sat down and compared other teams in our division who were also in the running for an at-large berth. Once we compared everything, we knew we wouldn't be able to get in. We didn't have enough quality wins."

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Laguna's final shot at a quality win came Nov. 8 when the Breakers played host to a Costa Mesa team that a week earlier had captured a share of the Orange Coast League title. The Mustangs, ranked eighth in the Southern Division, sewed up an outright championship by running to a 56-30 victory at Guyer Field.

The Breakers ended the season losing their final three games, after starting their OCL campaign 2-0.

They finished 5-5 overall.

Costa Mesa, meanwhile, ran its win streak to six games and concluded a 5-0 league season.

The Mustangs (7-3 overall) won the OCL title for the first time in five years.

"They definitely have been on a roll," Brown said of the Mustangs. "The league games they were winning, weren't close games. They came in and played very well against us. They have a great running back [Oronde Crenshaw] and their defense is very good.

"That's a good football team. I only wish them the best in the playoffs. I hope they do a great job and represent our league well."

Laguna never led on Senior Night. The Breakers trailed, 28-0, less than four minutes into the second quarter. Crenshaw, who rushed his way for 250 yards and five touchdowns on the night, scored the game's first three touchdowns — each coming in the first quarter.

The Breakers first got on the scoreboard on a 73-yard touchdown run by senior running back Nathan Lancaster in the second quarter.

Laguna trailed, 35-6, at the half.

Lancaster also scored on a 25-yard run, then took in a two-point conversion pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Simon, at the outset of the second half. His third touchdown of the game came on a 43-yard run, and he then tacked on a two-point run, three minutes into the fourth quarter.

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