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Football shines in 2013

Year In Review

Laguna Beach football team, featuring Lancaster, provided several highlights during the year.

January 02, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

During the final half of the 2013 prep sports year at Laguna Beach High, league championships were plentiful. So, too, were individual achievements from the fields and courts, to the water.

Below are some of the key highlights turned in by Laguna Beach teams in the past three months.

September through December

Laguna Beach entered its 79th season of football under a new head coach, Corey Brown. The Breakers won their first three games of the season and were ranked in the Top 10 of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, and finished nonleague play 3-2. They then began defense of their Orange Coast League title and won their first two league games, but losses in their final three games prevented a return trip to the CIF playoffs.

The Breakers scored 30 or more points in seven games, opened league play with three games scoring 50 or more points, and ended the year 5-5.

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Jack Simon, in his first varsity season, set two new school records for a sophomore quarterback: most passing yards (996), and passing rating (117.3). Another varsity rookie, freshman kicker Bruce Knill, hit 25 point-after kicks to move into the eighth spot for conversion kicks in a season. He had 31 kick scoring points which ties him for No. 11 in a single season, and 14th on the all-time career list.

Then there was varsity veteran Nathan Lancaster who ended his career in November as the program's career rushing leader in several categories. On one, special Oct. 24 night at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High, Lancaster rushed his way into the Orange County football record books.

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 to Calvary Chapel. He also reached the end zone seven times on 30 carries. Lancaster broke the county record when he scored on a 68-yard run with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"Amazing," and, "unbelievable," were the same two words both Brown, and former Laguna Coach, Mike Churchill, used when describing the speedy, 6-foot, 185-pound running back's performance against Calvary Chapel.

Lancaster said he had no idea that he had set the record. 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.

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