LAGUNA HILLS - Just when you thought Laguna Hills couldn't get much better, the Hawks stepped it up a notch Friday night, rolling to a 42-14 Pacific Coast League victory over Irvine at Laguna Hills.
Laguna Hills (7-2, 4-0) clinched a share of its fourth consecutive Pacific Coast League crown. The Hawks also extended their league unbeaten streak to 15.
Irvine (6-3, 3-1) dropped into second place.
"We've had a good run, no doubt about it," Laguna Hills coach Bruce Ingalls said.
The Hawks put together another solid running game, led by Jonathan Miranda (97 yards on 13 carries, one TD) and Matt Martindale (90 yards on 10 carries, one TD).
But they also opened up their passing game with the return of wide receiverRyan Ur, who has been out the whole season because of a broken bone in the back of a shoulder.
Ur hauled in a 46-yard TD catch from Tim Belman in the first half to help Laguna Hills move out to a 28-7 halftime lead.
He followed that with a 70-yard TD catch in the third quarter.
"We were well prepared and it was great to be back," Ur said.
Ur's return figures to make the Hawks even tougher for the playoffs.
"He was an All-CIF kid last year and he's been hurt all year," Ingalls said.
The Hawks defense was also tough.
Irvine freshman DaVonte Young, who rushed for a county-best 374 yards last week, wound up with 152 yards on 30 carries and one TD. Young also had an 84-yard kickoff return.
Laguna Hills controlled the game early with three touchdowns in the first quarter. Tommy Vorsheck scored two 2-yard TDs and Martindale broke loose on a 43-yard TD run.
Irvine made a charge in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 28-14 on a 2-yard TD run by Young with 3:53 left but Ur's second TD catch put the game out of reach.
"They're a fine football team, that's for sure," Irvine coach Terry Henigan said. "Our offense moved the ball, because they got a fine defense, but we just couldn't stop them."