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High School Football Dream Team: Lawson credits line for success

CdM's standout quarterback feasted on opponents and treated his offensive line as gratitude.

December 26, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Brent Lawson's favorite trips came on game days with his offensive line during lunchtime at Corona del Mar High.

Up to five linemen piled into Lawson's SUV before they piled food on their plates. Somehow, they fit inside every time before Lawson drove off to a nearby food joint.

"There was a lot of beef in the car," said Lawson, the quarterback.

Beef was what the linemen usually ordered to chow down hours before a football game.

Lawson took care of his linemen and in return they protected him on the field for 14 weeks.

It has been a couple of weeks since Lawson said he last lunched with his linemen. They last gathered to eat before CdM played in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division title game on Dec. 9.

It is a date he and his line will never forget. Whatever they ordered for lunch that day might as well be called the "Lunch of Champions" because the Sea Kings went on to win their first section title in 22 years.

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Lawson delivered the crown with his right arm and legs in a 14-13 victory against Beckman at Orange Coast College. In his final game, the senior threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 67 yards on 13 carries.

Lawson closed out a record-breaking season in which he earned the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year on top.

When it was over, a horde of people stormed the field. Fans celebrated with players, coaches with fans, players with teachers, parents with fans, and coaches with players.

Finding someone in the huge crowd wasn't easy, but if you needed Lawson the best place to find him was with the biggest players on the field, his line.

"Those guys played unbelievable," said Lawson, referring to left tackle Nick Storm, left guard Hunter Molnar, center Caden Stark, right guard Giovanni Gentosi, right tackle Liam Duddy and tight end Matt English.

Those same players said the same thing about Lawson because their signal caller turned in unbelievable year.

The smartest player of the field usually made the right decisions. Those moves led to Lawson throwing for 2,519 yards and 27 touchdowns — both numbers are CdM single-season school records — with only 11 interceptions. He completed 153 passes, another CdM single-season school record.

When Lawson didn't hurt defenses throwing, he did so running. He rushed for 446 yards and five touchdowns on 109 carries.

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