Game 9 - Mater Dei
EAGLES 19, MATER DEI 0 (MISSION VIEJO, Nov. 9, 2002)
Ashton White scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 19-0 shutout of arch-rival Mater Dei before 4,500 rain soaked fans at Trabuco Hills High School. The victory was the Eagles third convincing win in a row over the Monarchs since being shutout themselves 34-0 in 1999 and improved their season mark to 6-3, 1-3. Mater Dei fell to 7-2, 3-1 but can still win the Serra League title with a win over St. John Bosco in Week 10.
Santa Margarita started out strong as they ran 17 plays and chewed up 10:06 on their opening possession before a fumble at the Monarch 15 ended the threat. After an exchange of punts a low snap on a Monarch punt forced the punter to take a knee to field it setting up the Eagles with the ball on the Monarch 34 with 3:46 left in the half. A 32-yard run by Case Colaw was followed two plays later by a one-yard scoring plunge be White and Joe Ramsey's try was good for a 7-0 lead. A blocked punt by Mark Restelli on the 16 squirted through the mud before it was recovered in the endzone by the opportunistic junior to increase the lead to 13-0 with only 0:38 left. (Ramsey's PAT was, unfortunately, blocked). Another scoring chance was missed when Monarch QB Jason Forcier fumbled on the next offensive play and it was smothered by Josh Thornburg on the 25. Two plays later Will Johnson slipped and came up short on a 37-yard field goal try as time expired.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to play keep away as White forced a fumble on a punt return by Monarch standout Corey Bordeoux to retain possession in the middle of the third quarter and Dustin Slinkard's interception with 11:51 left in the game stopped another Mater Dei drive. White capped a 35-yard drive with a five yard scoring run with 1:36 left to close out the scoring.
Santa Margarita clearly controlled the game as they dominated the time
of possession (29:02 to 18:58) and limited the Monarch's vaunted veer
attack to 96 total yards and six first downs. Defensively the Eagles had
an outstanding game plan as they allowed only one play longer than 10
yards until the closing moments and kept the Monarchs from crossing midfield
until 0:14 left in the game. Matt Rupp enjoyed a great game earning Defensive
Lineman of the Game honors for collecting six tackles but most importantly
two sacks which gave him a new school career record of 19 passing Joe
Winklemann's mark of 17.5 set in 1991-92. Joe Ramsey, who had two outstanding
punts considering the weather, chipped in 11 tackles while Mark Johnson
added eight of his own