ORANGE - A big first quarter told most of the story in Laguna Hills' 21-13 nonleague victory over Canyon on Friday at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange.
The Hawks (3-2) scored a touchdown on their opening drive and capitalized on turnovers by Canyon on consecutive possessions to build a 21-0 lead before the Comanches (2-3) ran more than five plays.
The Comanches made a game of it with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it was too late.
"I'd say that was pretty necessary," Laguna Hills coach Bruce Ingalls said of the big first quarter.
The main playmaker for the Hawks was Matt Martindale, who rushed for two touchdowns, had two interceptions and recorded a sack of Comanches quarterback Beau Perry that resulted in a 14-yard loss on a third-and-goal from the 7 in the second quarter.
The sack forced the Comanches to attempt a 38-yard field goal, which missed short and wide.
"He (Martindale) definitely made huge plays for us on both sides of the ball tonight," Ingalls said.
Martindale's first score, a 14-yard run, capped a 61-yard, seven-play drive that gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead.
Three plays into the ensuing drive for Canyon, Martindale's interception gave the Hawks possession at the Canyon 39.
Martindale's only carry on that drive was the one that counted: a 1-yard touchdown run which gave the Hawks a 14-0 lead.
The Comanches got the ball back but fumbled on the third play, giving the Hawks the ball on the Canyon 21.