The Eagles (5-5) lose the final game of the season to the Mater Dei Monarchs. QB KJ Costello was 23/39 for 346 yards with 2 TDs and 4 Int. WR Grant Calcaterra caught 6 passes for 180 yards and 1 TD. WR Dylan Crawford caught 6 passes for 100 yards and 1 TD. OC Register
We mourn the loss of former Eagle Player and Coach Ryan Zalta ’92. Ryan was a standout student athlete at SMCHS helping his team reach the CIF Quarterfinals in football. Ryan wore #35 and was a 3 year varsity starter from 1989-91. He holds the school record for forced fumbles with 7 and recovered two of them. He’s 7th in career sacks with 14. He’s tied for 6th in career tackles with 237 including 139 in 1991 and 67 in 1990. He collected a career-high 19 tackles at Brawley and 16 at Valley Christian in 1991. Ryan scored 4 touchdowns as an Eagle. Ryan played in the 1992 Orange County All-Star game representing the Eagles on the South team. After graduation from SMCHS he went on to play football at UC Davis. While at Davis, Ryan would return home each summer to help coach the 8th grade summer camps and lower levels. Ryan had a love for skiing which eventually led him to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he later became a volunteer on the Teton County Search & Rescue Team. He was always ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most recently he went back to school to become a nurse so that he was better able to help those who had been injured on the mountain. He spent hours of his life selflessly committed to others. Finding stranded hunters high in the mountains, rescuing skiers from avalanches, and clocking hour upon hour in the hospital as a nurse all in the hopes of others coming home safely to their loved ones. May you rest in peace. Obituary
There will be a Celebration of Life for Ryan held on Saturday, November 21st from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Banquet room at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, 22062 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.
Here is a Video of Ryan and fellow Eagle Football player Matt Lucas from a ski trip in Jackson Hole from 2000.
The 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Santa Margarita Catholic High School on Tuesday, October 27, to name quarterback KJ Costello and receiver Dylan Crawford to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Costello and Crawford become the second and third Eagles to be named to the U.S. Army All-American team. Max Tuerk ’12 was the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection in the history of our school. Santa Margarita honored Costello and Crawford before his teammates, media, fans and family during a jersey presentation on the Santa Margarita campus. Head Coach Rick Curtis was excited for both of his players to have received this honor. Read More
The Eagles (5-4) gave up 4 first half turnovers to the Friars ending the first half down 27 points. QB KJ Costello was 21/43 for 285 yards with 2 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions. WR Noah Rasheed caught 7 passes for 127 yards and 1 TD. WR Grant Calcatarra caught 6 passes for 105 yards and 1 TD.
The Eagles (5-3) lost a tough game to the Orange Lutheran Lancers. More information coming soon.
The Eagles (5-2) beat the Lions 28-21 in an away game at Saddleback JC. QB Richard Wagner was 12/21 for 181 yards and 3 Touchdowns passing to lead the Eagles past the Lions. Wagner also had 7 rushes for 53 yards. WR Grant Calcaterra caught 2 passes for 117 yards and 2 TDs. The defense stepped up to stop the Lions behind the strong play of DE Alec Stewart who led the team with 13 tackles and 3 TFL.
Santa Margarita (4-2) led 14-7 after the first quarter, but St. John Bosco, scored 55 consecutive points for the win. QB KJ Costello was 15 of 23 for 184 yards and 2 TDs. WR Dylan Crawford caught 8 passes for 118 yards and 1 TD. WR Noah Rasheed caught 6 passes for 43 yards and a TD. LB Matthew Mark led the defense with 14 tackles. LB Austin Barrette added 11 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 Sack. K Sam Loy broke his school record with a booming 75 yard punt.
Quarterback KJ Costello was 14 of 19 for 179 yards with 2 throwing TDs and 1 rushing TD. WR Dylan Crawford caught 8 passes for 106 yards. WR Grant Calcaterra caught 5 passes for 68 yards and 2 TDs. RB Trey Green ran for 69 yards and 2 TDs. K Sam Loy kicked field goals of 25 and 23 yards. LB Tanner Matthews added another TD on a interception in the 2nd quarter.
The Eagles (3-1) fall to the Westlake Warriors 14 – 21 in an away game at Westlake. QB KJ Costello was 20 of 39 for 253 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT. WR Dylan Crawford caught 7 passes for 97 yards. WR Grant Calcaterra added 7 catches for 76 yards. RB Trey Green ran for 50 yards on 12 Carries. LB Tanner Mathews led the defense with 11 tackles and 1 sack. LB Matt Mark also contributed 11 tackles.
The Eagles (3-0) beat the Dorsey Dons 33-13 in a game at Trabuco Hills HS. Quarterback KJ Costello was 6 of 16 for 125 yards and 1 TD. KJ also scored with a 23 yard touchdown run. RB Trey Green had 20 rushes for 136 and 3 Touchdowns. On the defense LB Matthew Mark led the defense with 8 tackles. DB Darian Fernandez contributed 5 tackles and 1 interception. LB Tanner Matthews added 4 tackles and 1 interception. K Sam Loy kicked a school record long 69 yard punt.