Eagles 35 - Bishop Amat 26

MISSION VIEJO, CA., October 15, 1999 – The Eagles ushered in Division I Catholic school competition with a solid 35-26 win over previously undefeated Bishop Amat before 6,000 at Saddleback College. The match up pitted two of the three winningest programs in State history and to this point was the highest profile opponent the Eagles had ever faced. The Lancers (5-1) came into the game ranked No. 1 in Southern California, No. 2 in the State and 17th in the Nation but could not stop the Eagles' (5-1) balanced attack led by Jimmy Herzog's 118 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Chris Rix's 9 of 14 passing effort. After the Lancers went up 6-0 early, the Eagles went on a four-play forty-yard drive capped by Herzog's first score from two yards out to give them a lead they would not relinquish. Another Herzog run - this time from one-yard out - at the 3:11 mark of the second quarter put the Eagles up 14-6. In the third quarter, the Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns to build a 32-12 lead. Scoring for the Eagles were Herzog from three-yards out, Rix on a four-yard bootleg and Thompson on a 23-yard fumble return. The Eagles, who had trouble with PATs earlier in the game, relied on sophomore Curtis Cooper who thrilled the home crowd with a 32-yard field goal on his first varsity kick to close out the scoring at the 4:15 mark of the fourth quarter after Bishop Amat had scored on their two previous drives to move within six at 32-26. The Eagles held the Lancers without a pass completion in 11 attempts while linebackers Matt Szkalak (13 tackles) and Matt Vogel (10 tackles) also recovered key fumbles in spearheading the defensive effort.

By Adrian Peters
Sports Information Director