Eagles 24 - Lincoln 6

MISSION VIEJO, CA., September 9, 1999 – Newcomer Jimmy Herzog rushed for two touchdowns and running mate Tyler Thompson rushed for another as Santa Margarita opened their eleventh varsity season with a commanding 24-6 win over San Diego Lincoln. The Eagles (1-0) drove 50 yards on their second possession after a Ryan Schmidt fumble recovery to take a 7-0 lead on a four-yard run by Herzog. With 3:29 left in the first quarter the Hornets Jason Swanson found Steve Smith on a 54-yard scoring pass; however, the PAT was blocked by Thompson to keep the lead at 7-6. In the second quarter, Herzog scored again this time from 20 yards out and David Doomey added a 35-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-6. Thompson closed out the scoring with a two-yard run with 3:48 left in the third quarter. QB Chris Rix found senior WR Dustin Creager (3 rec., 74 yards) on two critical 34-yard gains and also rushed for 26 yards on only three carries. Defensively, the Hornets (0-1) managed only three pass completions in 18 attempts and registered only eight first downs. Senior linebacker Matt Szkalak led the defense with 13 tackles including ½ sack and a fumble recovery, while Matt Vogel (nine tackles, ½ sack) Schmidt (fumble recovery, 1 ½ sacks), Trent Zinn (interception) and Creager (interception) played key rolls.

By Adrian Peters
Sports Information Director