Crane & O'Brien Named All-State
Seniors Dane Crane and Connor O'Brien were named to MaxPrep's All-State High School Football Team.
OC Register Features Sweet & Wolpin
"Brother's spirit pushes Wolpin to keep running" ~ By DAN ALBANO
"Santa Margarita happy with its Sweet surprise" ~ By ADAM MAYA
St. Bonaventure 27 - Eagles 21
The Eagles rallied for two touchdowns in the final 2:06 minutes of regulation to force overtime, but were unable to score in the extra period. RB Ryan Wolpin had 129 yards on 25 carries. The Eagles finish the season (8-3) advancing to the CIF-SS Pac5 Quarterfinals.
Eagles 38 - El Toro 13
RB Ryan Wolpin rushed for 216 yards on 25 carries. QB Kyle Sweet was 14-21 and 204 yards as the Eagles advance to the 2nd round of the Pac 5 playoffs. Safety RJ Mazolewski helped pace Santa Margarita's defense with an interception at his 5 and a 47-yard return in the middle of the third.
St. John Bosco 42 - Eagles 15
RB Ryan Wolpin led the Eagles with 105 rushing yards. WR River Cracraft caught seven passes for 124 yards. The Eagles end the season (8-2) taking 3rd place in the Trinity League.
Eagles 42 - JSerra 0
RB Ryan Wolpin rushed for three of the team’s six rushing touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 42-0 victory over JSerra in Trinity League action Friday at Saddleback College. Wolpin finished the game with 97 yards rushing on 18 carries, while QB Kyle Sweet added 55 yards on 10 carries.
Eagles 17 - Orange Lutheran 14
K Alex Ury kicked a 19-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining giving the Eagles the win. Sophomore QB Kyle Sweet completed 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. RB Duncan Hume rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries.
Mater Dei 24 - Eagles 7
QB Kyle Sweet was 13 of 21 for 172 yards and one touchdown with one interception. WR Connor O'Brien had eight catches for 122 yards.
Eagles 21 - Servite 0
The Eagles snapped a seven-year losing streak to the Friars with a 21-0 victory at Saddleback College. Sophomore QB Kyle Sweet ran for 52 yards in the second half and also completed 6 of 7 passes for 36 yards. Defensive end Nick Begg recorded two sacks. Gian Carlo Spinosi blocked a field goal attempt late in the first half to help keep its third shutout.
Stanton selected as National Athlete of the Month
Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton was awarded the National High School Coaches Association/GTM Sportswear athlete of the month for September on Thursday. NHSCA communications director Jeff Fisher presented Stanton with the award in the school's gym in front of the Eagles' student body.
Eagles 35 - St. Bonaventure 27
The Eagles (5-0) came from behind to beat the St. Bonaventure Seraphs (4-1) in a Pac-5 showdown of undefeated teams at Saddleback College. RB Ryan Wolpin rushed for 195 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. QB Johnny Stanton rushed for 100 yards and also passed for 133. WR River Cracraft added five receptions for 83 yards.The defense finished the game strong as Hunter Graham recorded the first sack and Taylor Prenovost recovered the ensuing fumble to end the game.
Ryan Wolpin is OC Register Male Athlete of the Week
Wolpin set a new school record with six rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 72-0 victory over Carson. He scored on runs of 9, 4, 11, 8, 35 and 50 yards. He finished with 173 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Eagles 72 - Carson 0
Ranked No. 1 in the county, No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, SM broke school records for most points in a half and most points in a game. Senior running back Ryan Wolpin finished the game with 174 yards on 16 carries, scored on runs of 9, 4, 11, 8, 35 and 50 yards to break a school record with 6 touchdowns in a single game. QB Johnny Stanton completed 13 of 15 passes for 181 yards and two passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown on the first drive. WR River Cracraft finished with seven catches for 123 yards, including touchdown catches of 20 and 21 yards.
Eagles 55 - Trabuco Hills 0
The Eagles beat the Mustangs 55-0 in a Pac-5 match-up between these two local rivals from opposite ends of Santa Margarita Parkway. Senior quarterback Johnny Stanton threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns, while senior Ryan Wolpin rushed for 173 yards and scored three touchdowns.
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Eagles 35 - Long Beach Jordan 6
The Eagles beat the Long Beach Jordan Panthers out of the Moore League 35-6 in an away game at Jordan High School. QB Johnny Stanton was 10-of-20 passing for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 75 yards on seven carries capped off by a spectacular 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The defense did was strong only allowing the host Panthers 177 total yards.
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Eagles 27 - Brophy Prep 14
Santa Margarita, ranked No. 1 in the Orange County preseason poll and No. 2 in the nation by USA Today, pulled out a 27-14 victory against Brophy, the #1 ranked team in Arizona. The game was broadcast live on ESPN2. QB Johnny Stanton was 12-for-20 passing for 215 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also carried the ball 16 times for 92 yards and a score. RB Ryan Wolpin carried the ball 25 times for 146 yards, 127 of which came in the second half. Santa Margarita had 22 first downs compared to Brophy’s seven. The Eagles’ defense played a consistent game, minimizing the effects of the offensive mistakes and by shutting down Brophy’s offense.
SM Ranked #1 by Rivals, #2 by USA Today
Congratulations, Eagles! The SMCHS Varsity Football team was recently named No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com, and No. 2 in the nation in USA Today’s Preseason National Rankings. This is the first time in the five-year history of the Rivals High 100 that a team from California has been ranked No. 1. The Eagles look forward to a successful season as the returning CIF-Southern Section and CIF State Champions.
Maxpreps’ Preseason National RankS SM #4
The latest Maxpreps National preseason rankings slot the Eagles as #4 in the nation and the top football team in California heading into summer.