Laguna Sports Update: Week of November 18th

SOCCER (9-3, 3-0)

Laguna Shocks #1 Seed La Quinta 41-16, Hosts Semi’s

Laguna survived Friday’s nearly 3-hour drive to La Quinta and surprised the Blackhawks on their own field with an outstanding performance on both sides of the ball. The win advances Laguna to the D-9 semifinals to be played Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. at Guyer Field in Laguna. Riverside opponent Norte Vista (9-3) advanced with a 33-27 victory in overtime over Garden Grove. The Braves are a running team and will be a real challenge on breaker defense. The two schools have met twice back in the late ’80s, with the Braves winning both competitions (23-0 and 29-22). Laguna has made the semifinals 11 times, most recently hosting a semifinal game in 2011 when they lost to Corona del Mar in front of a crowded crowd at Guyer Field. Breakers have only made the Finals three times, in 1946, 1952 and 1962 with their only championship, a 20-0 win over Barstow in 1946.

Last Friday at La Quinta, the two teams traded punts after each team had three-game possession when Laguna hit paydirt first. Jackson Kollock hit Jackson Rodriguez for a big 28-yard pass play, picked up nine yards on runs from Nick Rogers, then another Jackson-to-Jackson bomb for a 39-yard score.

Jackson Rodriguez
Jackson Rodriguez (#11) with the first of his three goals against La Quinta. The fast receiver missed most of the game at West Torrance last week, but his return was a big part of Laguna’s win in the desert. Photo/Debbie Vellmure

La Quinta went on for 40 yards, but the breakers forced the Blackhawks to settle for a field goal. Laguna then marched 80 yards to score on a Kollock to Ryner Swanson pass play to complete the first quarter. La Quinta then retaliated with her own 68-yard drive and scored early in the second half, and the teams traded touchdowns until halftime.

Jackson Kollock, Aidan Mulkay, Nick Rogers
Jackson Kollock (#12) and Aidan Mulkay (#4) watch as Nick Rogers (#1) ices the contest with his 66-yard run in the third period at La Quinta. Photo/Debbie Vellmure

The Breakers opened the second half with an on-side kick recovery but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. La Quinta looked like they would get back in the game quickly, but turned the ball in the downs in the Laguna 20 and missed a 35-yard field goal on their second drive to the Laguna 18.

The Breakers then stunned the home crowd when Nick Rogers hit a classic 66-yard touchdown run for a goal and the subsequent Blackhawk drive was lost on a fumble at Breaker 22 last period.

Laguna Game Captains vs. La Quinta. Left to right: Micah Chavez (#54), Jeremy Kanter (#22), Myles Freeman (#2) and Sam Garwal (#5). Photo/Debbie Vellmure

Individual statistics

Rush: Rogers 17-108, Kollock 7-10, team 2-(9)

Pass: Kollock 34-25-0 365 yards 4 TDs. 4th best individual game performance

Reception: Rodriguez 7-111, Swanson 4-54, Rogers 3-38, Donaldson 2-15, Mulkay 4-87, Freeman 4-58, Garwal 1-2

Interruptions: Rounaghi 1-9

Fumbling: Garwal recovered 2

Punt Returns: Rodriguez 1-4

Kick off return: Rodriguez 4-55 yards

poke:Rodriguez 3-117 39.0 average

Records set:

Sophomore Passing – Season Jackson Kollock on Attempts, Completions, Yards, TD Passes.

CROSS-COUNTRY

The girls reached the SSCIF D-4 final last Saturday, finishing third in their run and ninth overall with a team time of 1:40:36. As expected, Yolo Javier led the squad with a time of 19:35.2 for the 3M course. The squad will compete on the Mt. SAC course early on November 19 with a start time of 7:45am. Only the top seven teams from the Finals will then advance to the State Meet, which takes place on November 26th. On the boys’ side, Christopher Drews finished 15th out of 61 runners in his run but did not make it into the D4 finals.

For more information visit www.lbxc.org for girls cross-country and www.lagunabeachcrosscountry.com for boys.

BOYS WATER POLO (18-11)

The Breakers got off to a slow start in their semifinals against Foothill on November 9th at the Woollett Center in Irvine and, despite making a great comeback, fell in a 6-5 loss to the Knights. Very aggressive from the start, Foothill completely limited the Laguna offense that kept the roster to very few shots. Foothill led 6-1 with 1:09 in the third quarter before Laguna started their comeback that almost succeeded. Tyler Swenson was exceptional with seven saves in the cage while Sai Bassett and Cade Anderton scored twice.

Leader of the FINAL season 2022: 74 – Cade Anderton, 67 – Diego Audebert, 41 – Sai Bassett, 35 – Coleman Judd, 22 – Eli Taub.

WINTER SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Breakers opened the Jim Harris Tournament at Ocean View High School on Tuesday with a 72-53 loss to Millikan. Jack Halvorson led the Breakers by 20 points in a game that saw the Rams take control in the second half. The 16-team tournament continues until Saturday 19 November. Next week, Laguna is taking part in the Marina tournament and will play Paramount on November 22nd to open the game.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Laguna opened the 2022-23 season with an easy win over Rancho Alamitos (5A) 66-24 on Tuesday, November 15 at Dugger Gym. Breakers have a long out-of-league schedule before they face the grueling 10-game Sunset schedule. Laguna was 3-3 in the Sunset Wave League action last season and hopes to be just as competitive this season. After reaching the 5AA semifinals last season, Breakers are in the next major league, D-4A, this season.

The Breakers play Costa Mesa (5A) at home on November 22 at 6 p.m. and host Loara (5AA) on December 1.

Other winter teams:

Soccer squares open the game next week and water polo and wrestling for girls begin after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking for the 2022-23 high school schedules and results?

Soccer, G-Volleyball and Water Polo results and lineups are available on the Max Preps website.

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