For only the fourth time in the football program's history, the Laguna Beach High Breakers wrapped up an undefeated regular season Thursday night, defeating Costa Mesa 35-28. They finish with a record of 9-0-1, and a perfect Orange Coast League record of 5-0.
The team will play a first-round playoff game next Friday night, Nov. 9, at Guyer Field against Loara High of Anaheim. Loara has a record of 3-7.
This is Laguna Beach High's first no-loss season since 1968. The school also went undefeated in 1937 and 1946, when the team was coached by LBHS stadium namesake Maurice "Red" Guyer.
The Breakers' victories this year have been mostly blowouts. They beat John Glenn by 55 points, Bolsa Grande by 48, Pioneer by 52, and both Saddleback and Calvary Chapel by 43.
The only blemish on the season came in the week 2 in the game against University, which ended in a 36-36 draw.
Last year, the Breakers went deep into the playoffs, knocking off Anaheim and Segerstrom before being upended by Corona del Mar in the division semifinals.
One side note: senior defensive end Ricky Coury was injured during the fourth quarter. He was able to move his arms and legs, but was taken off the field on a stretcher to be safe. He was transported to a nearby hospital, and was diagnosed with a bruised neck muscle. "All is well," according to Coach Mike Churchill.