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Eagles vs Mater Dei Monarchs - October 26th, 2014

The Eagles will battle Mater Dei (7-2, 1-2) this Friday night October 31st at Santa Ana Stadium at 7pm. An Eagle win will assure them of a Pac-5 playoff berth. A loss by either team won’t eliminate either from playoff consideration. This will be the 16th meeting between the Eagles and the Monarchs with Mater Dei holding a 9-6 series edge. The Eagles won at Santa Ana Stadium last year 16-7 for their first win at that venue since 2001. Overall Santa Margarita is just 2-5 at “The Bowl”.

Eagles 22 - Servite Friars 17 - October 20th, 2014

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

Eagles 42 - Orange Lutheran Lancers 21 - October 15th, 2014

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

JSerra Lions 35 - Eagles 28 - September 29th, 2014

The Eagles built an early fourteen point lead but couldn’t hold on as the JSerra Lions won 35-28 before a raucous full house at Saddleback College. Matt Mark got the Eagles on the board with a one-yard TD run in the first quarter and KJ Costello hit Connor Bianchini on a 20-yard TD pass to build a 14-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. With 6:50 left in the game senior RB Christian Caragao (19 carries for 102 yards) ran for a ten-yard TD to tie the game at 21 all. Later Bianchini (8 receptions for 107 yards) scored on a 22-yard pass from KJ Costello (21/37 for 279 yards) with 1:12 to close the gap to 35-28 but the onside kick failed and despite outgaining the Lions 457-337 the Eagles dropped their Trinity League opener to fall to 4-2 and 0-1 in league play. Senior safety Rick Ellison lead the defense with 13 tackles while LB Grady Higgins chipped in seven tackles and a sack to spearhead the defensive effort. Watch Highlights

Eagles 42 - Venice Gondoliers 0 - September 22nd, 2014

In Week 5 Santa Margarita posted their first shutout since 2012 with a 42-0 win over Venice to move to 4-1 on the season. Senior DE Rick Wade led the way as he registered a career-high 14 tackles, intercepted a pass, broke up another and returned an interception one yard for a score. Overall, the Eagles forced five turnovers and allowed the Gondoliers to gain only 159 yards on 62 plays on the night. Offensively, junior QB KJ Costello completed 13 of 15 passes for 129 yards. Senior WR/K/KR Kyle Sweet had a solid all around game as he returned a punt 65 yards for the opening score, caught six passes for a game-high 79 yards, successfully converted all six of his PAT attempts, registered two tackles and averaged 44.5 yards on his two punts. Senior RB Christian Caragao gained a game-high 80 yards and scored his first two career touchdowns while junior RB Dre Hall added 66 yards and two scores of his own. Watch Highlights

Bishop Gorman Gaels 41 - Eagles 10 - September 14th, 2014

Last week the Eagles roiled up 420 yards and 19 first downs but committed two turnovers and had trouble preventing the big plays as they fell 41-10 on the road to the nationally ranked Bishop Gorman Gaels (5-0). Kyle Sweet had his second sensational game against the Gaels as he hauled in 10 passes for 199 yards and added a 65-yard punt and his first career field goal. (Last year Sweet caught 13 passes for 294 yards against them.) Senior OLB/TE Grady Higgins spearheaded the defensive effort with six tackles and a sack and caught two passes, while junior MLB/RB Matt Mark chipped in with six tackles and a rushing TD. Junior QB KJ Costello completed 24 of 45 passes for 320 yards. Watch The Game | Watch Highlights

Eagles 21 - Dorsey Dons 10 - September 7th, 2014

This week the Eagles (3-0) beat the Dorsey Dons (1-2) at Saddleback College. This was the seventh meeting between these foes dating back to 2002 with the Eagles holding a 5-2 series edge. Last year, the Eagles prevailed 24-6 behind 159 yards rushing from Jeremy McNichols. In that game the Eagles outgained the Dons 364 to 228. Grady Higgins posted 17 tackles, Rick Wade added 10 while sophomore LB Tanner Matthews recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble to spearhead the defensive effort. The Dons are led the legendary Paul Knox who in his 30 years as head coach at Dorsey has produced 20 NFL Draft picks. Watch Highlights

Eagles 56 - Santiago Sharks 27 - September 6th, 2014

Santa Margarita rolled up a school record 613 yards of offense and defeated the Corona Santiago Sharks 56-27 behind the stellar two-way play of junior FB/MLB Matt Mark (14 tackles to go with three rushing TDs), and the all-everything senior Kyle Sweet who caught seven passes for 142 yards, rushed once for 35 yards, was 6/6 on PATs, recorded three tackles and broke up two passes. Senior captain Rick Ellison recorded 13 tackles and returned an interception 28 yards to set up a score. Junior QB KJ Costello was solid completing 25 of 33 passes for 407 yards and four TDs, while senior WR Connor Bianchini caught six passes for 111 yards and two scores as the Eagles improved to 2-0. LA Times | Watch Highlights

Eagles 26 - Bishop Amat Lancers 21 - August 27th, 2014

Junior QB KJ Costello completed a school record 27 passes (in 43 attempts) for 308 yards and two TDs. Junior RB/LB Matt Mark gained a game-high 96 yards rushing and two TDs and added nine tackles and an interception he returned 20 yards. Senior DE Rick Wade spearheaded the defensive effort with 13 tackles and 1/2 sack. In two career games vs. the Lancers Wade has registered 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Eagles also ran a school-record 86 offensive plays against the Lancers (for 474 yards) breaking the previous mark of 80 against Los Alamitos in 2011. Watch Highlights

Several Eagles Named to ‘Hot 150′ List as the 2014 Season Approaches - August 27th, 2014

With the 2014 football season only days away, OC Varsity released their preseason rankings and the Eagles’ presence is abundant. Read More



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