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.
In Week 8, the Eagles moved closer to securing their first playoff berth since 2012 with an important 22-17 win over Servite. The Eagles improved to 6-2 and 2-1 in Trinity League play while the Friars fell to 4-4, 1-2. Senior DB Rick Ellison stepped in at running back and rushed for 118 yards in 16 carries including a 26-yard run with 6:36 left in the game to seal the victory. Ellison also added eight tackles, a pass broken up and a blocked field goal. Santa Margarita jumped out to a 15-0 second quarter lead as they used an effective ground game to put up a season high 248 yards rushing and 382 total yards and 22 first downs. Junior RB Dre Hall (19 carries for 104 yards) plunged in from one yard out to give the Eagles a 6-0 first quarter lead. Senior WR Conner Bianchini caught a 23-yard scoring pass from KJ Costello in the second quarter to increase the lead to 12-0 before Kyle Sweet tacked on a 21-yard field goal to make it 15-0. Servite’s Travis Waller ran it in from two yards out with 5 seconds left in the half to close the gap to 15-7. With 2:28 left in the third quarter and the Eagles clinging to a 15-10 lead Grady Higgins (12 tackles) forced and recovered a fumble to stop a Friar drive at the Eagle 22 yard line. After an exchange of punts Ellison put the icing on the cake with his score. Rick Wade led the team with 13 tackles while junior LB Austin Barrette chipped in eight. Watch Highlights
In Week 7, the Eagles tied their greatest comeback ever as they overcame a 20-point 4th quarter deficit to defeat the Orange Lutheran Lancers 42-41 at Saddleback College. QB KJ Costello ran it in on 4th and 3 from the Lancer 5 with just 18 seconds left and Kyle Sweet tacked on the extra point to take their first lead of the game. Orange Lutheran rushed for 306 yards on the night and looked to be in command of the game as the fourth quarter began with a 41-21 lead, but the Eagles forced three punts in the fourth quarter and capitalized on all three of their possessions led by KJ Costello. Costello, who set school records for attempts (47), completions (34) and yards (495) in a game, added another score earlier in the quarter to tie a school mark with six total touchdowns accounted for in a game. Kyle Sweet tied his school record with 15 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns while Conner Bianchini caught 10 passes for a career-high 139 yards. Defensively, the Eagles allowed 229 yards rushing and 17 first downs in the first half but only 77 yards rushing and six first downs in the second half. Senior ILB Connor Hilburn spearheaded the defensive effort with 13 tackles, fellow senior Rick Ellison collected 10 while newcomer Alec Stewart registered 10 stops with 1/2 a sack from his DE spot in his first action for the Eagles. The comeback win pulled the Eagles to 1-1 in Trinity League play and kept their league title and playoff hopes alive. As for the size of the comeback, in 2010 the Eagles fell behind 20-0 at St. John Bosco, but clawed back and won, interestingly, 42-41. Watch Highlights