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2011 Eagles - Tough Knocks
Watch all 14 episodes of the OC Register video series "Tough Knocks" which followed the 2011 Eagles on the road to the State Championship.
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John McGrory Awarded "Zug Cup"
John McGrory was named this year’s recipient of the Zug Cup. The First Friday Friars, a Catholic men’s organization, presents the award to an Orange County Catholic high school senior football player who excels in football, academics and community service.
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McGrory & Pierson Enshrined in Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame
Seniors Johnny McGrory and Mack Pierson were honored as Scholar Athletes and were permanently inducted into the National Hall of Fame.
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10 Eagles Named OC Register All-County
1st Team Off: Sr. OL Max Tuerk, Sr. K John McGrory, Jr. QB Johnny Stanton, Jr. RB Ryan Wolpin, Jr. OL Riley Sorenson
1st Team Def: Sr. DL Chris Frost, Jr. DB Connor O'Brien
2nd Team Off: Jr. OL Dane Crane
3rd Team Def: Sr. DL Mack Pierson, Sr. LB Matt Andersen
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Stanton Named Cal-Hi Sports MVP
Jr QB Johnny Stanton was named the 2011 CIF State Championship Bowl MVP by Cal-Hi Sports. Johnny was 14 of 25 for 306 yards and four TDs and he had two TD runs to help the Eagles rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Bellarmine of San Jose, 42-37.

SM 42 - Bellarmine Prep 37
California Division I State Champions
Jr QB Johnny Stanton was 14 of 25 for 306 yards and fou passing TDs and two TD runs to help the Eagles rally from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Bellarmine of San Jose, 42-37. Stanton's 1-yard TD run with 16 seconds left gave the Eagles their second state championship in school history.
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Eagles earn CIF State bowl berth
Santa Margarita will face Bellarmine Prep of San Jose in the CIF State Division I bowl game, Friday at 8 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Santa Margarita earned the berth by defeating San Clemente, 27-13 in the Pac-5 final Saturday night at Angel Stadium. That was the first title for the Eagles since 1997.
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CIF-SS Pac 5 ChampionsEagles 27 - San Clemente 13
Santa Margarita defeats San Clemente, 27-13, to capture the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division championship in front of 14,424 on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
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Eagles 21 - Mission Viejo 20
The Santa Margarita's offense drove 70 yards on 12 plays to score with 1:02 left to claim a dramatic, 21-20, victory over the Mission Viejo Diablos. The Eagles (11-2) advance to the CIF-SS Pac 5 Championship game vs San Clemente (12-1) at Angel Stadium, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
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QB Johnny Stanton featured on Fox Sports West
Rahshaun Haylock from FOX Sports West talks about Stanton's first year as starting QB and his "Tebowesque" 2011 season.
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Welch Named SOCAL NFL High School Coach of the Year
Head Football Coach Harry Welch was selected as the 2011 ABC7 NFL High School Coach of the Year. Welch will be honored on ABC's Sports Zone show on Saturday, Dec. 3 following the ABC College Football Game of the Week. (between 8:30-10 p.m.) Sports reporter Rob Fukuzaki will present Welch with the award live from the ABC7 studios.

Eagles 49 - Long Beach Poly 16
The Eagles (10-2) beat the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits (10-2) in the Second Round of the CIF-SS Pac 5 Playoffs at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. The Eagles scored the final 28 points on their way to the 49-16 second round road victory over the third-seeded Jackrabbits.
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Eagles 45 - Bishop Amat 21
The Eagles (9-2) beat the Bishop Amat Lancers (6-5) in the First Round of the CIF-SS Pac 5 Playoffs at Saddleback College. RB Alex Suchesk rushed 14 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. QB Johnny Stanton threw for 188 yards on 16-of-23 passing one touchdown and rushed for another, totaling 263 yards in total offense. The game is also the Cox3 game of the week. It will air on the following day/time: Friday 11:30pm, Saturday 1 & 9pm, Sunday 1 & 7pm, Monday 8pm, Tuesday 8pm.
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tuerkMax Tuerk selected to U.S. Army Game
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk was selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He received his jersey in a ceremony at school earlier this week. The game is Jan. 7, 2012 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
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ABC7 Coach of the Week: Harry Welch
Head coach Harry Welch took over the Santa Margarita Catholic High School football program coming off back-to-back losing seasons and now has the Eagles ranked fourth in the state in his second year.
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Servite 43 - Eagles 42
The Eagles came up short vs Servite giving up the two point conversion in overtime. QB Johnny Stanton was 20 of 31 for 277 yards and a touchdown and he rushed for 126 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. RB Ryan Wolpin scored two rushing touchdowns and he had a 60-yard touchdown catch. Santa Margarita (8-2), ranked No. 3 in the county, finished tied for second place with St. John Bosco of Bellflower. The Eagles beat St. John Bosco, so they will be the Trinity League's No. 2 representative.
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Eagles 28 - St. John Bosco 20
The No. 3 Eagles racked up 499 yards of offense and made two key defensive stops in the second half en route to a 28-20 victory against St. John Bosco of Bellflower in a Trinity League showdown. The victory qualifies the Eagles for the playoffs. QB Johnny Stanton rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns to pace Santa Margarita's offense. The junior also passed for 153 yards. RB Ryan Wolpin, also a junior, added 142 yards rushing, including a 28-yard touchdown run with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter as the Eagles took a 28-20 lead.
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Eagles 42 - JSerra 14
RB Ryan Wolpin rushed for 169 yards and scored four touchdowns as No. 4 Santa Margarita defeated JSerra, 42-14, in Trinity League action Friday night at Saddleback College. QB Johnny Stanton finished with 166 yards passing and rushed for another 85. Read More

Eagles 31 - Orange Lutheran 10
Santa Margarita (6-1, 1-1) beat Orange Lutheran (5-2, 0-2) in their homecoming game at Saddleback JC. Eagles QB Johnny Stanton rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
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Mater Dei 21 - Eagles 14
Mater Dei upset Santa Margarita, 21-14, in the Trinity League opener for both teams Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium.
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John McGrorySenior Kicker John McGrory sets CIF-SS record
Senior kicker John McGrory was 5 for 5 on extra-point kicks, making him 85 for 85 for his high school career. McGrory broke the Orange County and CIF-SS records for consecutive PAT kicks Thursday when he kicked his 82nd in a row.
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Eagles 38 - Los Alamitos 27
Santa Margarita senior running back Ryan Wolpin rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. Eagles senior quarterback Johnny Stanton rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns, including one on a 52-yard run, on 24 carries. Senior kicker John McGrory was 5 for 5 on extra-point kicks, making him 85 for 85 for his high school career. McGrory broke the Orange County and CIF-SS records for consecutive PAT kicks Thursday when he kicked his 82nd in a row.
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Eagles 39 - Carson 21
Santa Margarita pulls away late to a 39-21 victory over the Carson Colts at Gene Vollnogle Stadium on Friday night. QB Johnny Stanton finished 6 of 9 passing for 116 yards and a score while rushing 14 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns.
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Eagles 35 - Trabuco Hills 14
The defense turned in another strong effort and Ryan Wolpin tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns to lead the No.3 Eagles past host Trabuco Hills, 35-14, in a nonleague game Thursday.
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Johnny Stanton is OC Register Football Athlete of the week
Stanton, a junior, completed 11 of 16 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 39-7 victory over rival Tesoro. Stanton had touchdown passes of 34 and 15 yards both in the first half.
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Eagles 39 - Tesoro 7
Santa Margarita avenged last year's loss to Tesoro, defeating the Titans 39-7 in the 2nd annual of the Rumble at the Ranch. QB Johnny Stanton threw 2 TD passes to the returning River Cracraft.
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Eagles 56 - LB Jordan 0
The Eagles who are ranked #3 in OC ended the game with a 56-0 season-opening victory over Long Beach Jordan on Friday night at Saddleback College. The defense racked up 9 sacks and Jr QB Johnny Stanton was 7/16 for 156 yards while also running for 59 yards on 9 carries.
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2011 Eagle Football Ranked #10 in State
Santa Margarita has been ranked No. 10 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports in its preseason high school football rankings. Expectations are definitely on the rise for the Eagles in their second season under head coach Harry Welch, who has won CIF state football titles at two other schools. Last year’s team suffered close losses to both Mission Viejo and Servite and had four players earn All-State Underclass recognition. Offensive tackle Max Tuerk (6-6, 265) is one of the best in the nation while three Eagle sophomores were on the all-state sophomore team: tackle Riley Sorensen (6-5, 320), quarterback-defensive back Johnny Stanton (6-3, 210) and receiver River Cracraft (6-0, 180).
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Max Tuerk's position change pans out
ESPN article by Sean Ceglinsky talks about how Tuerk made the all-important decision to switch positions a few short seasons ago. Ultimately, the move to offensive tackle proved to be a particularly wise choice considering the 2012 prospect has quickly emerged as one of nation's premier players at his position.
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SMCHS win the Ayala Linemen Competition
The host Bulldogs were second with Eisenhower (Rialto) third. Nineteen teams competed in the contest that had a series of events. The team with the lowest score was victorious. Teams were awarded one point for first, two points for second, and so on, in events such as obstacle course, tire throw, NFL agility, bench press, weigh in, tire flip relay, wheelbarrow relay, high knee relay, 8-man 880 relay, kettle bell relay, truck push and five-man sled.