Game 3 - Orange Lutheran

ORANGE LUTHERAN 19, EAGLES 0 (BREA OLINDA, Sept. 24, 2004) – For the second consecutive week the Eagles couldn’t capitalize on redzone opportunities and fell this time to the Orange Lutheran Lancers 19-0 before 4,000 fans at Brea Olinda High School. The loss dropped Santa Margarita’s record to 1-2 while the Lancer win avenged a 42-0 pasting at the hands of the Eagles when the two teams were members of the Olympic League in 1989. The 1-2 record is the Eagles worst start since they opened 1-2 in 1991.

The Lancers wasted little time in taking control of the game as they marched 65 yards on only five plays capped by a 32-yard scoring run by Donny Lee at the 10:00 mark to lead 7-0. Santa Margarita responded with a promising 14-play drive into Lancer territory before the drive stalled and they were forced to punt. On the next Lancer series Mason Frakes recovered a fumble at the Eagle’s 47 and after a few key runs for first downs by Russell Hoeflich a fourth down pass from Jon Daniels to Jacob Gordon fell incomplete in the endzone to keep the score 7-0. With 1:32 left in the half the Eagles stopped the Lancers on a fourth and two situation and were able to cross into Lancer territory before three consecutive incompletions ended the scoring threat.

After an exchange of punts early in the second quarter the Lancers put together a nine-play scoring drive highlighted by a spectacular 43-yard run by QB Blake Lucas (14 carries for 112 yards) and capped by his one seven-yard keeper to make it 13-0 with 11:54 remaining in the game. On the second play of the Eagle’s next series All-CIF defensive lineman Eric Augustine stripped the ball from an eagle ballcarrier and raced 45 yards untouched for the score at the 10:54 mark to make it 19-0. The Eagles didn’t give up as they went on a 13-play drive all the way to the Lancer five yard line before a negative yardage run, incompletion and sack left the visitors little choice but to settle for a field goal attempt to avoid a shutout. Unfortunately Mike Fowle’s kick sailed wide. Santa margarita got the ball back with 3:34 left but could not penetrate any further than the Lancer 35.

Daniels (15 of 26 for 146 yards) and sophomore WR Ryan Maxwell (five receptions) had respectable games, and the team once gain managed to move the ball between the 20’s at will, but the running game managed only 31 yards on 30 carries and the redzone struggles carried over from last week. The defensive unit was led by senior captains Colby Rodgers and Sean Aldridge who had career-highs of 11 and 10 tackles respectively and Ross Cumming who earned Player of the Game honors for his seven tackle, one sack and one forced fumble night.