The 1992 Season marked the return of Eagles Football to participation in a league after a 3 year freelance schedule which mandated that they win at least 70% of their games. The Eagles found their place in the Sea View Leauge finishing third and qualifying for the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. The 1992 team finished the season 9-3 with the second best varsity record in school history behind the 12-1 record of the charter class.
Foothill 35 - Eagles 28
The Eagles went into the playoffs having a 3-0 record in the first round, and they had to travel to Citrus College to face Baseline League champion, Glendora. Sean O'Brien finished the game with 320 yards in the air and Tiernan had 125 yards rushing. Zinn, who had to carry the load on offense as well when Kevin Duffy went down early in the first quarter, finished with 6 receptions for 85 yards. The defense was led by Tiernan (7 tackles) and Brad Finneran's two interceptions.
After a trying week of practice following the injury to junior Darren Wedertz in the Newport Harbor Junior Varsity game, the Eagles came out a little sluggish and somber. The Warriors (2-7-1, 1-5-1) jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on two Shea Stone passes. The Eagles came storming back to tie the score after Chris Tiernan's 1-yard run and Kevin Duffy's 46-yard reception from Sean O'Brien.
Newport Harbor 27 - Eagles 16
All season the game that players looked forward to was the match versus Tustin High, a team with tremendous talent and success in the past four years. The weather was not kind during the day and the field was more or less a mud pile, but that didn't slow down the Eagles' potent offense.
After a heart-breaking loss to Irvine the week before, it was a question as to how the Eagles (6-1, 3-1) would respond against a scrappy Saddleback team. The Homecoming crowd was given a show, but it was from the tremendous hail, rain and lightning that hit right at kickoff. Tiernan, O'Brien and Kevin Duffy combined for nearly 150 yards as the option game gave Santa Margarita the edge.
Few games could ever top the one Santa Margarita and Irvine played in the midseason showdown between the two top teams in the Sea View League. Both teams displayed a tough defense, while showcasing top players on offense.
Game Summary Eagles 49 - University 7
The passing game clicked as O'Brien connected on 12 of 15 passes for 159 yards and one score to Brad Finneran. Defensively, the Eagles were constantly in the University backfield putting pressure on the quarterback. The only score came late in the game against the reserves.
For months since it had been announced that Santa Margarita would join the Sea View League in 1992, everyone wondered how the team would fare in the new league. Three teams from the league were in the semifinals the previous year and Irvine, The Division II CIF champions, were also added. The Eagles would get a taste of the league in the opener as they faced undefeated Corona del Mar. It didn't take long, however, for Santa Margarita (4-0, 1-0) to prove it would be a force as they jumped all over the Sea Kings in the first half.
The Eagles (3-0) tuned up for the Sea View League with 34-3 win over visiting Buena Park, but there were still a few wrinkles to iron out. The defense again turned in its third straight impressive performance, limiting the Coyotes (0-3) to second quarter field goal while giving up less than 200 total yards. Once again, O'Brien was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 12 carries for 83 yards. He threw for 153 yards and three scores, but was intercepted for the first time all season in 65 attempts. The Eagles outscored their opponents 103-9 in the preseason.
For the second straight week the Eagles (2-0) dominated both sides of the ball in a 29-0 victory on the road against Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. Mike Gillissie capped a 20-point first quarter with an interception return of 50 yards for a touchdown, as the defense recorded its only shutout of the year. The defense limited the Knights to 112 total yards total offense, and they raised their team interceptions to five.
Eagles 42 - St. John Bosco 6