Game 1 - St. Paul Swordsmen

EAGLES 16, ST. PAUL 7 (MISSION VIEJO, Sept. 12, 2003)

Santa Margarita opened it’s 15th season with a solid 16-7 win over St. Paul in Mike Jacot’s debut as Eagle Head Coach. The Eagles scored on their opening drive as they marched 66 yards on eight plays highlighted by a 45-yard completion from Mike Angelo to Mark Johnson and capped by a four-yard touchdown pass from Angelo to Matt Steinbach. The Eagles extended the lead to 13-0 at the 10:20 mark of the second quarter on a one-yard plunge by Jack Meehan. The touchdown was set up by a 37-yard run by Omar Villamar (16-89) and an 18-yard run by Chris Ramsey (10-63). On the Swordsmen’s next drive they marched 61 yards on 10 consecutive rushing plays and closed the gap to 13-7 when Dwight Tardy scored from four yards out. Mike Fowle’s 19-yard field goal at the gun made the score 16-7 going into intermission. The second half consisted mostly of good defensive adjustments, turnovers and punts. St. Paul gained 84 yards on the ground in the first half but managed only 18 yards rushing in the second half. Mark Restelli’s forced fumble, recovered by Matt Rupp set the Eagles up at the St. Paul 41 but an interception ended the drive. A 43-yard punt return by Ryan Nienhuis led to a missed field goal and an interception by Nienhuis in the fourth quarter also resulted in no points. Timely scrambling by Angelo (9-50) kept the clock moving in the fourth quarter. Defensively, the Eagles were led by Meehan’s 14 tackles, but DT Nick Bahr looked good earning Defensive Lineman of the Game with five tackles and ½ a sack. As a unit the Eagles extended their streak of not allowing a touchdown pass to 12 games.