Martinez is spectacular in lopsided victory

In the second week of its season, the Laguna Beach football team was at it again.

One game removed from rolling up 55 points in a record-setting, season-opening 55-7 victory over Webb on Sept. 9, the Breakers out-did themselves last week when they nearly blew out the light bulbs on the scoreboard at Guyer Field by racking up 73 points on Ocean View in a 73-40 nonleague victory.

The 73 points are a school record for a single game, eclipsing the 70 points scored against Capistrano in a 70-0 victory in 1945. The 55 points and 73 points in back-to-back outings also are a school record for scoring in consecutive games. The 113 total points scored during last week's game also is a school record.

Laguna scored 44 first-half points (the Breakers led at the break, 44-26) which also is a school record for first-half scoring (old record, 38 points, was set in a 1991 game against Ontario Christian).

Kicker Robbie McInerny also set a school record with eight point-after kicks and tied the school record for kicking points (11) in a single game. He had set the single-game PAT record (seven) last week against Webb.

"Scoring-wise, it was one of the craziest games I've been a part of," Laguna Coach Mike Churchill said. "They (Ocean View) scored first and it went back-and-forth from there. There were a lot of big plays and a lot of big scoring plays. We didn't run that many plays, actually."

The night was nothing shy of sensational for junior running back/safety Drake Martinez, whose superlatives were numerous. On offense, he rushed for four rushing touchdowns covering 48, 59, 65 and 60 yards, finished with 313 yards rushing on 15 carries to rank as the second-highest output in school history. He also caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Larry Stewart and scored 32 points — a school record.

Martinez was just as menacing defensively with one blocked extra-point and two interceptions, one of which he returned 39 yards for Laguna's final touchdown in a wild first quarter.

Prior to the start of the season, Churchill said that Martinez — whose brother, Taylor, is starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers — had the "most raw talent on the team."

"What Drake did Friday was one of the best single individual efforts I've ever seen as a coach," he said. "Not only did he run wild on offense and have those two picks on defense, he also had four or five really big hits in the secondary for us. He's just a tremendous player."

Churchill also had plenty of praise for his offensive line. Tackles Ricky Delatorre and Cameron Bilbrey, guards Blake Hester and Spencer Anderson and center Warren Abbate have been opening up holes for the run game the first two weeks. Travis Clawson at tight end, has provided key assistance.

In addition to Martinez's four touchdown runs, Norton Penney scored on a pair of 33-yard runs.

The Breakers rushed for 503 yards, a week after running up a school-record 579 yards against Webb. Quarterback Larry Stewart attempted just eight passes (three of eight, 66 yards), but one was a 25-yard scoring pass to split end Derek Reigel.

"As many years as I've run this offense, these guys (Hester, Anderson) are the two best guards I've had," Churchill said. "I think our line is doing a really fine job and Travis (Clawson) has been doing a really good job of blocking downfield for us, which has been very important to our success."

Churchill says his team faces a big challenge Friday when it hosts Bishop Montgomery of Torrance at 7 p.m. at Guyer Field. The Knights have dropped consecutive games to Salesian (42-13) and El Segundo (28-9) since opening their season with a 41-23 win over Vista del Lago. They are under the guidance of second-year Coach Ed Hodgkiss, who took the program to an 8-3 mark and a Camino Del Rey League championship a year ago.

One of those eight wins came against Laguna Beach.

Hodgkiss previously coached the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League for seven years (2002-08).

"He's done a great job in the short time he's been a Bishop Montgomery," Churchill said of Hodgkiss. "He took a program that had been struggling last year to eight wins and is turning that program around."

Churchill said that starting wingback/linebacker Robert Clemons will be "held out" of Friday's game. The junior broke his thumb during the first quarter of last week's win over Ocean View in a game where he scored on a 47-yard run and an 88-yard kickoff return. Defensive end Ricky Coury will fill in at wingback and Reigel will play linebacker, Churchill said.

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