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Laguna Hills, Ingalls still have a job to do after topping Woodbridge
IRVINE – Laguna Hills made sure Friday night that Bruce Ingalls’ tenure as the Hawks’ head football coach lasts at least another week.
The Hawks held off a late threat by Woodbridge to capture a 13-10 victory over the Warriors in the opening round of the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs at University.
“My hats off to our team, obviously,” Ingalls said. “They did a phenomenal job of hanging in there and making a play when they needed to. But what a job Woodbridge did.”
Laguna Hills (8-3) moves on to the second round next week against La Habra. Ingalls announced before the year this would be his final season as the Hawks coach.
There were times Friday night when it looked like it might be Ingalls‘ final game.
Woodbridge (6-5) was on the verge of sending the game into overtime or winning it. Behind the strong rushing of Connor McBride, the Warriors marched to the Laguna Hills 10-yard line with less than two minutes left.
The Warriors were then backed up to the 20. On a third-and-goal play, Sam Warren sealed the win with an interception in the back side of the end zone with 35 seconds left. Warren also rushed for 56 yards.
Harrison Avila put Laguna Hills ahead, 13-10, with a 30-yard field goal with 8:28 remaining. Avila also made a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 10-0. Logan Montgomery opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown reception from Mitchell O’Hair.
Woodbridge tied the score, 10-10, when Drew Phillips kicked a 37-yard field goal with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
Ingalls can now look ahead to at least one more game.
“Just go to to the playoffs and play in games that matter is huge,” Ingalls said. “We know we’re in a next to impossible division to advance very far, but what the heck, we’re here.”
McBride led Woodbridge, rushing for 162 yards on 25 carries.
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