Santa Margarita sends their second QB in 3 years (Johnny Stanton – 2012) to the Elite 11 Competition in Beaverton, Oregon. Along with his play on the field, KJ Costello competed in multiple camps to earn a spot to compete with the top QBs in the entire country. After several days of evaluations, KJ finished the competition as the 3rd best QB in the Elite 11 Challenge. With his senior year still ahead of him, KJ’s main focus now is to get his team motivated and come together for one more run at a state title.
Another invite from the SM Football Team was 2016 WR Dylan Crawford. Dylan finished 5th in the rankings for best athlete in the competition. Testing included, 40 yard dash, shuttle run, medicine ball toss, etc. Dylan is the first skill player in the schools history to be invited to “The Opening” which is an extension of the Elite 11. At the end of the week, the country’s best QBs are paired with skill players to compete in 7 on 7. Dylan and his team made it to the Semi-Finals.
The event was broadcasted on ESPNU and continues to be the premier summer destination for the nations top 300 football players.
Coach Curtis’ Football Academy continues with summer sessions beginning June 29th for grades 3rd – 5th. The camp will be fun and challenging for all skill levels and positions. It will be put on Santa Margarita Football Head of Operations and Camp Director, Coach Sean Curtis. This will be Sean’s second year with the Eagles as Varsity Wide Receiver Coach and plans to continue to help make SMCHS the premier destination for youth football experiences.
Pre-Registration is available on our corresponding website (smhs.org). Go to athletics -> football -> summer camps. For just $25 a day, we will help prepare your child for the Pop Warner or flag football season! Or if you want to come for just a good workout, that’s ok too! The camp will also feature Coach John Arredondo (varsity offensive line), Emmett O’Brien (freshman wide receivers and defensive backs), and other members of the varsity coaching staff.
Walk ups are welcome! Registration will be at 10:30am. Campers will receive an SM Football T-Shirt and have the opportunity to win other SM Football prizes! Don’t miss this opportunity start your summer off with Santa Margarita Football!
Former Coach Jamie Larkin has passed away after a battle with ALS. Coach Larkin coached at SMCHS from 1987-1999. Over the course of his career he coached at every level for the Eagles including JV head coach for many years. Coach Larkin will always be remembered for his passion for football, tough love as well as his motivational sarcasm.
Congratulations to seniors Conner Bianchini, Rick Ellison, and Stash Rowley for being chosen to play in the North / South OC All-Star game! This year’s game will be held on July 9th @ OCC – 7:15 pm. More Info
Summer sessions now available for the following football camps. More Info.
The Eagles finished the season with a record of 6-5 losing to Encino Crespi (9-1) in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac-5 playoffs.
The Eagles fought back from a 10-point deficit to take a 28-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t keep pace with the talented St. John Bosco Braves (9-1) and lost 58-34. The game featured 1,080 yards of offense, 46 first downs and 13 touchdowns. Despite the loss the Eagles finished 4th in the Trinity League and earned an at-large bid to the CIF-SS Pac 5 Playoffs. This will be their fourth playoff berth in the past five years and 22nd in 26 varsity seasons. KJ Costello completed 24 of 42 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns including two to Kyle Sweet who also had a rushing TD from 42 yards out. Senior safety Metro Malasavage led the defense with a career-high nine tackles. Junior LB Austin Barrette chipped in eight tackles and fellow junior LB Tanner Matthews collected six and intercepted his first pass of the season.
In Week 9, Santa Margarita fell to the Mater Dei Monarchs 19-14 to fall to 6-3 and 2-2 in the Trinity League. The Eagles were unable to capitalize on two first quarter drives deep into Monarch territory and were only behind 6-0 at halftime due to timely defensive stops. After Mater Dei extended their lead to 19-0 in the fourth quarter Santa Margarita scored two quick touchdowns to pull within 19-14 with under two minutes left; however, the onsides kick was recovered by the Monarchs who ran out the clock. Mater Dei outgained the Eagles 370 to 308 but more importantly dominated the time of possession 30:35 to 17:25, turnovers 2-0 and first downs 19-14. The Eagles were able to stay in the game by limiting the Monarchs to field goals as Mater Dei only scored one TD in ten offensive possessions. Junior QB KJ Costello completed 15 of 30 passes for 240 yards and two scores to Noah Rasheed (six receptions for 108 yards), but the ground game was only able to muster 50 total yards. Junior LB Austin Barrette led the team with 12 tackles while Rick Ellison, Rick Wade and Tanner MAtthews chipped in 10 each.