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Week 1 High School Football Preview: Laguna Beach vs Glendale Hoover

Sean Nolan catches and runs into the end zone in the first half as Laguna battled Orange in football
Sean Nolan had nine touchdown catches last year for the Laguna Beach High football team, including this one against Orange on Sept. 15, 2017.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Laguna Beach High

Key Breakers: Sr. WR/CB/P Sean Nolan; Sr. RB/LB Shane Lythgoe; Jr. QB Andrew Johnson

Key Tornadoes: Jr. QB Mattis Richards (24 of 46 passing for 372 yards, two TDs and three INTS); Sr. WR/CB James Chang (six catches for 75 yards and one TD; 13 tackles); Sr. WR Guilermo Corrales (six catches for 191 yards and one TD)

Breakdown: Laguna Beach opens its season against Hoover, the first of four consecutive home games for the Breakers … Hoover (1-0) rallied to defeat La Cañada 13-12 last week, winning on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Richards to Chang with 2:45 remaining in the game … Laguna Beach returns its own top receiver in Nolan, who had 56 catches for 823 yards and nine touchdowns last season … Nolan, who earned Orange Coast League Special Teams MVP honors as a sophomore and junior, is also valuable as a punter … Johnson, a member of the Breakers’ CIF Southern Section Division 4 champion boys’ tennis team last spring, makes his debut at starting quarterback for Laguna Beach … Hoover finished 2-8 last season, 1-6 in the Pacific League, but the Tornadoes can achieve their second 2-0 start in three years with a win Friday.


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