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Santa Margarita Eagles Football
Eagles 42 - Los Al 21
Down 0-14 at halftime, the Eagles exploded in the 2nd half to beat the #7 team in the state. LB Jacob Bower spearheaded the defense with 8 tackles (3 solo, 5 asst) 2 Interceptions, 1 Forced Fumble and 1 Fumble Recovery for a TD. DT Hero Kanu had 4 tackles (2 solo, 2 asst) and 2 sacks. DB Blake Wilson had 8 tackles (2 solo, 6 asst) and 1 Interception. DL Ryan Zolnick added 7 tackles (2 solo, 5 asset) and 1 Sack. Offensively QB Jaxon Potter was 23/34 for 280 yards and 4 TDs. WR Jalen Jones caught 4 passes for 100 yards and 2 TDs. TE Niko Lopez added 11 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs. RB Taurian Nash rushed 6 times for 54 yards and 1 TD. RB Jake Foye rushed 10 times for 68 yards.
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Eagles 31 - Nolan Catholic 13
The Eagles defeated Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas) 31-13 on Saturday in the “Trinity League Football Showcase” hosted by St. John Bosco. QB Jaxon Potter was 29/43 for 311 yards and 3TDs. Potter also ran for 1 TD. TE Niko Lopez caught 7 passes for 74 yards and 1 TD. WR Nick Gallegos caught 6 passes for 47 yards. WR Jalen Jones caught 4 passes for 90 yards and caught a dazzling 1 handed 48 yard Touchdown. TE Sam Caspino caught 2 passes for 30 yards and 1 TD. On defense, DB Blake Wilson had 6 tackles (2 solo, 4 asst). Blake also was 4/4 on PATs and booted a 42 yard field goal. He barely missed a 51 yard field goal that bounced off of the right upright. DL Ryan Zolnick had 6 tackles (1 solo, 5 asst). DB Donovan Comestro had 6 tackles (1 solo, 5 asst). DB Israel Solomon had 5 tackles (1 solo, 4 asset) and .5 sacks. LB Noah Sulick had 4 tackles (1 solo, 3 asst) and 1.5 sacks. DL Hero Kanu had 4 (3 solo, 1 asst) tackles and 1 sack.

Santa Margarita Eagles Football
KJ Costello signs with Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers today signed quarterback KJ Costello. Costello, who participated in the team's rookie minicamp this offseason, played the final season of his college career at Mississippi State in 2020 after spending three seasons at Stanford. Over the course of his four-year career, Costello threw for 7,434 yards 55 touchdowns.
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Santa Margarita Eagles Football
Carson Palmer - College Football HOF
Congratulations to 1998 Santa Margarita graduate Carson Palmer for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The winner of the 2002 Heisman Trophy, Carson Palmer helped ushered in a new era of dominance at USC and finished his career as the Pac-10's all-time leading passer. At Santa Margarita Carson led the Eagles to 2 CIF-SS championships and the 1997 California Division II State Championship.
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SMCHS Football Tradition

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CALIFORNIA
STATE CHAMPIONS
1997 California Division II State Champions
2011 California Division I State Champions

1996 CIF-SS Division V Champions
1997 CIF-SS Division V Champions
1998 CIF-SS Division V Finalist
2011 CIF-SS PAC-5 Champions
2017 CIF-SS Academic Champions


NATIONALLY RANKED
1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2017
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CIF-SS
CHAMPIONS
CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

CIF-SS QUARTER-FINALS
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2016

CIF-SS SEMI-FINALS
1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2011
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NFL
ATHLETES
1 Heisman Trophy Winner
1 Outland Trophy Winner
1 Johnny Unitas Award Winner
1 Walter Peyton Award Winner
3 Elite 11 Quarterbacks
#9 Maxpreps Most Dominant Program
in California (2008-18)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
(Sea View, Serra)

* SMCHS competes in the Trinity League which is ranked as the toughest High School Football league in America.

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