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LBHS Football runs out of time against Big Bear, loses 26-29

In the words of Vince Lombardi, “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

That was the story on Friday night when Laguna Beach High School Football (1-1) lost a heartbreaker to Big Bear at home, despite outscoring the visiting Grizzlies in the first and fourth quarters (6-0 and 14-7) and staging a last-minute touchdown drive to end the game and pull within three.

Big Bear, last year’s CIF Southern Section Division 12 Champion (three divisions tougher than Laguna’s), has no underclassmen on its varsity roster according to Maxpreps.com.

LBHS Football defense

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LBHS Football put up a good fight against a tough Big Bear squad Friday night at home

Senior Shane Lythgoe had a standout game for the Breakers, rushing for 100 yards on 20 carries, as did Senior Wide Receiver Sean Nolan, who caught for 146 yards on 12 receptions. But it was Junior Quarterback Andrew Johnson who arguably put up the most impressive offensive stats of the game, throwing for 232 yards on 18-of-34 passing, including 4 TDs for a second straight game, which earned him a near-perfect 141.1 QB rating. (A perfect QB rating is 158.3.)

On the defensive side, Connor Fink, Caleb Mostajo and Jake Harper stepped up big for the team also, as did Nolan and Lythgoe, who play both sides of the field.

LBHS Football stars

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Senior Sean Nolan and Junior Raul Villalobos were fired up to play on Friday

Despite the loss, Laguna moved up almost 100 spots in the California state rankings to #628 (up from #712 last week before the game).

Laguna looks to rebound on Friday night against Dana Hills High School (2-1) in another non-conference game, again at home.

There will be food trucks beforehand again too, so bring the family out and come give our boys a cheer!