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Congratulations Nick Pizzurro - Nominee for the 2007 “Zug” Zastrow Memorial Scholarship Award! The First Friday Friars, a Catholic Men’s Organization annually honors a scholar football player from an Orange County Catholic High School, who most represents the qualities that “Zug” Zastrow epitomized: belief in God, love of family, civic duty, and of course, football . The Zug Cup was first awarded at Sports Day 1991. It is a trophy annually displayed at the high school of the young man who receives the award until the following year. Kyle Daly from Servite High School will proudly display the trophy at Servite High School. Both Kyle and Nick received a $500.00 scholarship. In the fall of 2007, Nick Pizzurro will be attending Cornell University on a football scholarship. Nick is a Full IB Diploma Candidate with a 4.53 GPA and has 150 of hours of community service, action and service commitments.

On March 12, four senior football players - Matt Browning, Ryan Maxwell, Eric Reisinger and Charles Taylor - were honored at the 37th Annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholarship banquet at the Anaheim Convention Center. There were 66 honorees from 80 Orange County high schools and junior colleges. The nominees must have received outstanding recognition in his league by the sportswriters and coaches, a First Team All League/Conference selection as well as scholastic average of 3.3 to receive consideration for this top award. There have been 19 Santa Margarita athletes honored with this award to date. These four athletes now will have their name on permanent display in the Hall of Fame in South Bend for receiving this NFF scholar/athlete award. Coincidentally, the 2006 Eagle season has come full circle. It ignited last June in South Bend, while participating in the Notre Dame passing tournament. The trip began with a visit to the Hall of Fame. The Eagles then marched their way to the championship round in Notre Dame's stadium a few days later.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita's City Council recognized Coach Mike Jacot on Wednesday, February 28th, at its meeting at City Hall. Coach Jacot was honored due to him being named Coach of the Year by both the OC Sports Writers Association of the Orange County Register as well as the LA Times. Many members of the Eagle Football team were in attendance, a surprise to Coach Jacot. Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Thompson and RSM Mayor Tony Beall gave Coach Jacot a certificate of recognition.

WR/DB Ryan Maxwell has committed to UC Davis. Ryan follows in the footsteps of past Eagles Shane Mielke ('91) and Kyle Skierski ('01). TE Nick Pizzuro has committed to Cornell University. Matt Meyer has committed to the University of Colorado.

We have many exciting accolades to announce for the 2006 Eagles. Congratulations to 3 Eagles for making the OC Register ALL-Orange County team. WR/DB Ryan Maxwell and OT/DT Logan Harrell were First Team All-Orange County. Head Coach Mike Jacot was honored as the Orange County Coach of the Year. Head Coach Mike Jacot was also honored as the LA Times Coach of the Year. WR/DB Ryan Maxwell was named to the Calhi-Sports All-State Team. OT/DT Logan Harrell was named to the Calhi-Sports All-State Underclassman Team.

Eagles 3 - Edison Chargers 14 - The Eagles finish the season with an overall record of 10-3 losing to the Edison Chargers in the CIF- Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinals at The Home Depot Center in Carson. This was the 5th time the Eagles have reached at least the semifinal round (91, 96, 97, 98, 06) but the first time in the Division I/Pac 5 division. Congratulations to the 2006 Eagles on an incredible season of football.

Eagles 25 - Mission Viejo 24 - The Eagles score and convert a 2 point conversion with a minute left to beat #3 seed Mission Viejo and advance to the Pac-5 Semifinal game vs The Edision Chargers.

Eagles 49 - Lakewood 23 - RB Carlo Audagnotti rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and had 312 all-purpose yards including a 45 yard reception and 2 kickoff returns for 66 yards. QB Eric Reisinger was 5/9 107 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. In the second half the fog rolled in and was very similar to the infamous 1990 Fog game vs Brawley HS at Saddleback JC.

Eagles 15 - Servite 36 - Servite overpowers the Eagles Offensive and Defensive lines. The Eagles finish 3rd in league.

Eagles 28 - SJB Braves 23 - QB Matt Reisinger led the offense going 15/21 and 185 yards with 4 passing touchdowns. WR/DB Ryan Maxwell had 7 catches for 96 yards and an interception on defense to end the game.

Eagles 39 - Orange Lutheran 49 - After one week the Eagles lose their #1 ranking in Orange County as the defense was unable to stop the Lancer offense giving up season highs in yardage and points. Offensively RB Chris Spangenberg rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns. QB Eric Reisinger was 13/25 with 173 yards and two toucdowns. WR Ryan Maxwell had 6 catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Eagles 17 - Monarch 7 - The Eagles evened the all-time series at 4 - 4 beating the Monarchs in front of a sold out crowd at Saddleback JC. QB Eric Reisinger led the offense passing for 17 of 32 and 166 yards and a TD. WR Ryan Maxwell had 8 catches for 94 yards. Defensively Mike Lacy and Logan Harrell continued to shine as the defense picked up two turnovers and held the Monarch offense to only 220 total yards.

Eagles 7 - Foothill Knights 6 - RB Chris Spangenberg scored the game winning touchdown with 3 minutes left in the game. Defensively the Eagles held Foothill to 94 total yards of offense.

Eagles 21 - Fountain Valley Barons 3 - RB Chris Spangenberg had 148 yards on 20 attempts and 3 TDs. QB Eric Reisinger was 13/19 an 162 yards. DE Logan Harrel had 3 Sacks and LB Mike Lacy had several tremendous hits limiting the Barons to -1 yards rushing and only 103 total yards.

Eagles 28 - Dorsey 14 - Offensively Chris Spangenberg & John Michael Davis both rushed for 100 yards a piece. Ryan Maxwell broke the school record for career punt return yards with a spectacular punt return for a touchdown. The defense continued to play well holding Dorsey to 200 yards total offense.

Eagles 51 - Paloma Valley 17 - Offensively the Eagles ran for 187 yards and passed for 106 yards averaging 6 yards a play. The starting defense played well with DB Ryan Maxwell scoring on an interception in the 3rd quarter.. Special teams also contributed a score with a blocked punt and a scoop and score.

Eagles 9 - Jackrabbits 7 - The Eagles beat the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits when LB/K Mike Lacy kicked the game winning Field Goal with 30 seconds left on the clock. The victory is one of the biggest wins in school history. A swarming Eagle defense set the tempo limiting Long Beach Poly to 11 plays and zero points in the first half. The offense controlled the clock throughout the game rushing for over 100 yards and moving the ball when it mattered late in the game.