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Week 11 High School Football Preview: Laguna Beach vs. Saddleback Valley Christian

Week 11 High School Football Preview: Laguna Beach vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
Laguna Beach High wide receiver Sean Nolan evades a tackler for a touchdown during a Pac 4 League game against Ocean View on Oct. 19. The senior has scored 15 total touchdowns this season. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

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

Key Warriors: Sr. WR/FS Jack Sweeney; Sr. OLB Tanner Malone; Sr. T/MLB Jackson Combs

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Key Breakers: Jr. QB Andrew Johnson (186 of 329 passing for 2,472 yards, 33 TDs and 10 INTs); Sr. RB/OLB Shane Lythgoe (161 carries for 727 yards and eight TDs; 25 catches for 190 yards and six TDs); Sr. WR/FS Sean Nolan (56 catches for 866 yards and 13 TDs)

Breakdown: Second-seeded Laguna Beach (8-2) hosts Saddleback Valley Christian (3-6) to open the CIF Southern Section Division 12 playoffs at Guyer Field … After having its back against the wall following a Week 8 loss at Western, Laguna Beach has reason to feel good about its work of late. The Breakers won their last two games to share the Pac 4 League championship with Western and Ocean View. Laguna Beach now enters its third straight postseason, the longest streak of consecutive playoff appearances in program history. That stretch spans the entirety of John Shanahan’s tenure as coach of the Breakers … Saddleback Valley Christian finished second in the San Joaquin League. The Warriors are led by Sweeney, a jack-of-all-trades athlete who has made significant contributions as a passer, rusher and receiver.

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