Seahawks step up big

The Laguna Beach Pop Warner Football team played its best ball in

the final month of the regular season and concluded its 2002 campaign

with consecutive shutout victories.

The Seahawks closed out their season last Saturday on a rainy,


mud-soaked Guyer Field at Laguna Beach High by blanking Canyon Hills,


Chris Hyden scored two second-half touchdowns to lift Laguna Beach

to its second victory of the season.


The Seahawks’ offense began to click in the second half, thanks to

the sweeping rushes of tailback Kameron Pearson.

With Canyon Hills focused on stopping Pearson and Laguna Beach at

the 48-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Trevor Pierce handed off to

Pearson who, in turn, handed the ball to Hyden.

The sweep reverse worked to perfection. Hyden, using key blocks

from linemen Chris Smith and Shane Snyder, sloshed his way to the end

zone to break a scoreless game.


The Seahawk defense shut down Canyon Hills on its next possession.

The offense began to march again behind the rushing of Pearson.

They reached the Canyon Hills 37-yard line, where Pierce faked the

tailback pitch to Pearson, dropped back to pass and hit Hyden in


Running a crossing pattern, Hyden made a leaping catch, cut across

the field and outraced the Canyon Hills defenders to the end zone.

Lorenzo Torriero kicked the extra point, building Laguna Beach’s


lead to 14-0.

Defensive standouts for the Seahawks included Hands, Torriero,

Dillon Giaraffa, Matthew Moisen and Dillon Pierce.

Opening up holes on offense were linemen Smith, Snyder, Torriero,

Rhettv Pierson and Landon Turner.

During the Seahawks’ final drive of the game, Pierce connected

with Pearson for a 12-yard completion and, on a halfback pass,

Pearson passed 15 yards to Hyden just before time expired.