Game 5 - Trabuco Hills
EAGLES 37, TRABUCO HILLS 7 (MISSION VIEJO, Oct. 11, 2002)
The Eagles excelled in all phases of their game as they posted a commanding 37-7 win over a talented Trabuco Hills team before a capacity crowd at Trabuco Hills High. Leading the way was junior DT Matt Rupp who spearheaded a dominating defensive effort as he tied the school record for sacks in a game (four) and pressured heralded QB Brian White into a season worst nine of 21 passing for 110 yards and no touchdowns. The Eagles, who have forced 13 turnovers and have given up only 38 points so far this year, improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1997, while the Mustangs dropped to 3-2.
After a shanked Eagle punt on their opening drive set up Trabuco Hills on the Eagle 35, the Mustangs used eight plays capped by Brian White's seven-yard scoring run to take a 7-0 lead just 2:50 into the game. After an exchange of punts, the Eagles came back to tie the score when they went on a 13-play 82-yard drive on the strength of 67 yards rushing by Ashton White (30 carries for 145 yards) and finished off with a 15-yard touchdown strike from Case Colaw to Bobby Whithorne with 11:27 left in the second quarter. The Eagles took the lead on their next drive as Chase McWhorter's two receptions for 29 yards set up a record tying 47-yard field goal by Will Johnson at the 4:21 mark of the second quarter to make it 10-7. Just nine seconds later, Ryan Nienhuis intercepted a Brian White pass and returned it 29 yards to the Mustang 19. However, the drive stalled and the Eagles were forced to settle for a 34-yard Johnson field goal to increase the lead to 13-7 as the half ended.
On the first play of the second half Joe Ramsey intercepted a Brian White pass on a flea-flicker giving the Eagles the ball on their own 35. Runs of 18 and 24 yards by Ashton White helped set up his five-yard scoring run with 8:29 left in the quarter to make it 20-7. Another field goal by Johnson, this time from 27 yards out, increased the lead to 23-7 at the 3:13 mark. (The three field goals in a single game tied the school mark set last year by Jason Graban). Four plays later Brian White was intercepted for the third time, this one by standout LB Dustin Slinkard who returned it 25 yards to the Mustang 45. Five plays later Colaw (five of eight for 104 yards) dumped a screen pass off to Ashton White who raced down the left sideline and dove for the pylon with a Mustang defender on his back to make it 30-7. On the Eagles next drive they needed only two plays to score as backup QB Mark Sanchez hit Nienhuis on a 57-yard scoring pass to close out the scoring.
Stellar performances were registered by not only by Rupp (Defensive
lineman of the Game), Johnson (Special Teams Player of the Game) and Ashton
White (Offensive Player of the Game), but QB Case Colaw who threw a career-high
two touchdown passes and junior WR/DB Ryan Nienhuis who earned Defensive
Player of the Game honors for his play at safety. Slinkard added eight
tackles and a 26-yard reception and Ramsey added nine tackles to go along
with their interceptions.