Jason Crabbe kicked 3 field goals to give Laguna Beach High School a 9-7 Pacific Coast League upset win over Trabuco Hills Friday at Mission Viejo High School.
Crabbe, who earlier kicked a school-record 52-yard field goal, gave Laguna Beach (2-5-1, 2-1) the lead for good with 4 minutes left in the game by kicking a 42-yarder.
Trabuco Hills (6-2, 2-1), which entered the game ranked sixth among Southern Section Division VIII schools, trailed, 6-0, after 3 quarters. Then, less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Tim Manning caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from David Lowery, and Brent Roper added the extra point to give Trabuco Hills a 7-6 lead.
Trabuco Hills, which was slowed by 4 turnovers and 11 penalties totaling 135 yards, saw one of those penalties cost the Mustangs the lead. With 2 minutes left in the game, Manning had a 28-yard touchdown nullified because of a clipping penalty.
Four plays later, Trabuco Hills’ victory hopes vanished when Lowery’s sinking fourth-down pass was dropped by Julian Ford at the Artist 19.
Crabbe kicked his first field goal of the night, a 45-yarder, with 2 minutes left in the second quarter, giving Laguna Beach a 3-0 lead. Crabbe’s score capped a 12-play drive which began after the Artists’ Tim Hogan blocked a 27-yard Matt Davis field goal attempt and recovered the ball at the Laguna Beach 18.
Immediately after Crabbe’s field goal, Laguna Beach got the ball back when Ryan Davis fumbled the squib kickoff and the Artists’ Shan Gray recovered on the Mustang 40.
Four plays later, Crabbe kicked his school-record 52-yarder. Last year, Crabbe set the previous record by kicking a 51-yard field goal against Woodbridge.