2012 Player Notes

QB Johnny Stanton was named to the All-State First Team in 2011 and has been selected as one of the Top finalists in the 2012 Elite 11 QB competition. He is also the returning 2011 CIF-SS Pac-5 Offensive Player of the year. He rushed for 1,528 yards and 25 touchdowns and completed 163 of 247 passes for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011. Stanton has given a Verbal Commitment to Nebraska.

Stanton finished the Trabuco Hills game 17 of 21 for 325 yards and three TDs and 89 yards rushing on 5 carries and two TDs. His 414 yards of total offense that night gave him a new school record for career total offense (rushing + passing) breaking Carson Palmer's mark of 5,260 set from 1995-97. The 325 yards passing were a career high and 5th best on the Eagles all-time list. With an additional 209 yards against Carson (187 passing and 22 rushing) he now has 5,670 in his career.

Johnny is 52 of 77 (67.5%) for 816 yards and nine TDs on the season. He has also rushed 32 times for 289 yards (9.0 average) and seven scores. Stanton rushed for 173 yards vs. St. John Bosco in 2011 to break his own QB record of 161 yards eclipsing Carson Palmer’s QB record of 153 set vs. El Toro in 1996.

With 1,528 rushing yards in 2011 Stanton was the first Eagle quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season.  He broke the previous QB rushing mark of 801 set by Michael Angelo in 2003.

Stanton has rushed for 1,817 yards and scored 32 touchdowns in his last 19 games. He’s scored seven TDs on the season including at least one in each of his first four games.

Stanton’s 1,528 yards rushing is the fifth best single-season total for an Eagle ever. He became the fifth junior to collect at least 1,000 yards rushing in a season and second in 2011 alone behind RB Ryan Wolpin.

Stanton also holds the mark for the most 100-yard rushing games by a QB in a season and career with eight so far. He had games of 173, 161, 147, 132, 124, 120, 111 and 105 yards rushing in 2011.

Stanton scored four touchdowns against Long Beach Poly last year to tie the then school record for touchdowns in a game held by six other players including Ryan Wolpin.

Stanton had 25 rushing TDs in 2011 which easily broke Trevor Yankoff's Eagle record for TD’s by a QB (11) which was set in 1990.  Johnny became the seventh Eagle - and second in 2011 - to score 20 TDs in a season.

Stanton became the sixth Eagle since 1992 with at least 2,000 passing yards in a season and the first to have 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in the same season.

In 2011 Stanton set a new school mark for total offense (passing plus rushing) in a season. He had 3,967 yards (2,439 passing and 1,528 rushing). It broke the mark of 3,105 set by Sean O’Brien in 1992. Current Oakland Raider QB Carson Palmer (SMCHS Class of 1998) had 2,810 in 1997 and 2,447 in 1996.

Stanton is 4th all-time in career completions (220) and in attempts (360) for a 61.1% completion percentage. Stanton is only the 2nd Eagle with at least 5,000 career yards of Total Offense. He is the first Eagle with 2,000 career passing yards and 2,000 career rushing yards.

Stanton needs only 92 yards to move into 2nd all-time on the career passing Yardage list.

Senior RB Ryan Wolpin carried the ball 15 times for a season-high 173 yards and three scores against Trabuco Hills in Week 3. He followed it up with an identical 15-carre, 173-yar performance against Carson but registered a school record six touchdowns.

Ryan rushed 25 times for 131 yards at Brophy and has rushed for 100 yards in three of the Eagles four games. Ryan leads the team with 64 carries for 528 yards (8.3 average) on the season.

Wolpin had two 100-yard games in 2010 and ten 100-yard games in 2011. With the 173 vs. both Carson and Trabuco Hills and 131 at Brophy in 2012 he now has 15 100-yard games in his career.

Ryan Wolpin set a new school record with six (6) rushing touchdowns breaking the records for rushing TDs (4) and total TDs (4) in a game he shared with eight and nine other Eagles respectively. He finished the game finished with 198 all-purpose yards (173 rushing, (-1) receiving and 26 on a kickoff return) to increase his career total to 3,895 - the 4th best in school history. His six-TD effort gave him 46 career scores putting him in 2nd place on the school's all-time list behind Josh Ireland's 61.

The Eagle record for most rushing attempts in a season is 264 set by Ashton White in 2001. Ryan Wolpin carried it 247 times and Stanton rushed 260 times in 2011.

Ryan was named to the 2011 All-State and All-CIF-SS teams in 2011. He rushed for a team-high 1,637 yards and 27 rushing touchdowns and 28 scores overall.

Ryan Wolpin finished with 284 all-purpose yards (173 rushing, 84 receiving and 27 on a kickoff return) against Trabuco Hills to increase his career total to 3,697 - the 4th best in school history. His three-TD effort gave him 40 career scores putting him in third place on the school's all-time list.

Wolpin has rushed for 2,692 yards and has accumulated 3,895 all-purpose yards in 31 career games dating back to 2010.

Wolpin has scored 10 touchdowns on the season. His 46 career TDs are 2nd best all-time and he needs just fifteen more to become the career leader.

With his three TD effort at Servite in Week 10 of the 2011 season he became the sixth Eagle and first since 2001 (Ashton White) to score at least 20 in a season. 

Wolpin has scored 46 touchdowns in 31 career games. Josh Ireland (1989-91) scored 61 in 35 games and Billy Newman (1994-96) scored 41 in 35 games.

Wolpin’s 28 touchdowns in 2011 were tied for best total in school history with the 28 set by Bryant Wolfsberger in 1997. Ryan had one 2-point conversion to his credit to give him 170 points on the season breaking Wolfsberger’s single-season record of 168 total points set in 1997.

Ryan has scored 278 points in his career and needs just 99 more to pass Josh Ireland.

Wolpin’s 1,637 yards rushing in 2011 was the 4th highest single season total in school history. Billy Newman ran for 2,320 in 1996, Bryant Wolfsberger totaled 1,772 in 1997 and Ashton White collected 1,642 in 2001.

Wolpin become the first Eagle since 2007 (Carlo Audagnotti - now at Boise State) to have at least 1,000 yards on the ground.  (He was later joined by Johnny Stanton.) Ryan became the fourth junior to collect at least 1,000 yards rushing and first since 2001.

With 2,692 career rushing yards Wolpin now needs 1,674 yards to catch Josh Ireland who ran for 4,196 from 1989-91.

Ryan rushed for a career-high 216 yards at Los Alamitos in Week 5 of the 2011 season. Wolpin ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns against San Clemente in the 2011 CIF-SS Pac-5 Championship game and 157 yards and two scores at Mission Viejo in the semi-finals.

Senior WR River Cracraft caught a then career-high seven passes against San Clemente in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Championship game for 85 yards and a key touchdown in a 27-13 win. He followed it up with eight receptions for 187 yards and two scores against Bellarmine in the CIF Division I State Championship team. Cracraft has given a Verbal Commitment to Washington State.

With 124 yards receiving on 7 catches against Carson, River moved into 5th place on the Eagles all-time list with 1,486 yards and is 6th all-time with 96 receptions. Cracraft needs just 21 receptions to pass John Minardi (1995-97) and move into second place on the Eagle's all-time receiving list behind Brian Finneran's 178 (1991- 93).

Cracraft caught a team-high 43 passes for 639 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 despite only playing in only eight games.

River now has a team-high 18 catches for 361 yards and four scores on the year. River recorded 35 catches in an all-state campaign in 2010.

With 1,496 career receiving yards River is 5th on the all-time career receiving yardage list. He needs 90 yards to pass Brad Finneran (1991-93) for 4th place.

River has 156 career interception return yards on just five picks which is tied with Connor O’Brien for the school record in that category.

Kyle Sweet
Sophomore WR Kyle Sweet, the younger brother of former Eagle WR and current UCLA Bruin Logan Sweet, became the first freshman wide receiver start a game in 2011 and the first to catch a pass in a varsity game when he hauled in a 29-yard pass at JSerra.  He finished with four receptions on the year. Sweet added one reception (for a 26-yard TD) at Brophy and another TD – a 13-yarder at Long Beach Jordan. Kyle has eight receptions for 102 yards on the season.

Senior safety Connor O'Brien had eight interceptions setting a new school record for picks in a season breaking the old school record of seven shared by Brad Finneran (1993) and David Shearer (1990).

In 2011 Connor had 139 interception return yards in 2011. He intercepted a pass against Trabuco Hills and returned it 17 yards to give him 156 career return yards which is tied with River Cracraft for the school record.

Connor caught two passes against Trabuco Hills and each was for a 22-yard touchdown. O’Brien has given a Verbal Commitment to Washington.

O’Brien had 15 passes broken up in 2011 to set a new school record. The previous record was 12 by Garrett Thompson in 1997.

Connor was a major contributor at WR in 2011 catching 24 passes for 299 yards and two scores including a key 32-yard touchdown reception vs. Bellarmine in the 2011 CIF Division I State Championship game.

O’Brien caught a team-high four passes at Brophy in Week 1 and has seven receptions for 91 yards on the season.

Connor has 24 tackles on the season and 120 in his career. He registered a season-high 10 tackles at Long Beach Jordan in Week 2.

MLB Sammy Gibbs recorded 122 tackles in 2011 in his first year as a starter. He picked up a team-high nine tackles at Brophy and added 13 at Long Beach Jordan, eight against Trabuco Hills and five with a forced fumble against Carson.

Sammy has 35 tackles on the season (3rd on the team) and 157 in his career which is tied for 25th place all-time.

Senior safety RJ Mazewleski registered nine tackles, intercepted a pass, returned a kickoff 63 yards for a score and rushed once for 14 yards against Carson.

Mazolewski leads the team with 37 total tackles while junior LB Duncan Hume is fourth with 32.

Senior LB Tony Bone collected a team-high 11 tackles against Carson and recovered a fumble. He is second on the team with 36 tackles.

Junior kicker Alex Ury was 10-for-10 in PATs against Carson to set a new school record for PAT's in a game breaking the old mark of 9 set by John McGrory against Canyon in 2010. Ury is now 25 for 27 on PAT’s on the year.

The Eagles have six players with FBS scholarship offers and one with a FCS scholarship to date with six verbal commitments. These include: Johnny Stanton (Nebraska), OL Dane Crane (Washington), DB Connor O’Brien (Washington), WR River Cracraft (Washington State) and DE Nick Begg (Arizona State). Riley Sorenson is undecided but has at least five offers on the table including three from the Pac-12 and Ryan Wolpin has one from South Dakota State.

Santa Margarita gained 476 yards, registered 22 first downs and controlled the clock for 28:26 in the 27-14 win at Brophy. Defensively they allowed only 11 completions in 31 attempts for 171 yards and only 40 yards on 15 carries (with a long of just six yards) against Arizona’s top returning offense.

The Eagles set school records for points in a quarter (44), half (65) and game (72) against Carson in the 72-0 victory. They have now outscored their opponents 127-0 in the past two games and are on a 141-0 unanswered run over the past 10 quarters. In their last 20 offensive drives they have scored 17 touchdowns and if you include RJ Mazolewski's kickoff return score it is 18 TDs in their last 21 possessions.

The Eagles generated a school record 610 yards against Trabuco Hills in Game 3 on 49 offensive plays in a 55- 0 win. In their nine (9) offensive drives (8 TDs and 1 punt) they averaged 67.8 yards on 5.4 plays in 2:12 time of possession.

The Eagle defense has allowed only two touchdowns on the season. The third score allowed was on a blocked punt at Brophy.

Defensively the Eagles have allowed only 742 yards for an average of 185.5 yards per game. They are surrendering only 3.5 yards per play in 2011.

The Eagles scored 548 points in 2011 which was their second best total ever. Their highest single season scoring totals going back to the start of the program in 1989 were 651 (1997), 548 (2011), 486 (1996) and 435 (2010). They are averaging 47.3 points per game in 2012.

Santa Margarita has been nearly perfect this season on PAT’s since the start of the 2010 season making 152 of their past 156 (.974) including a Southern Section record 106 in a row by John McGrory (2010-11).

The Eagles set team records for rushing attempts in a game (64) and offensive plays (80) at Los Alamitos in Week 5 of 2011. They also set team marks for most rushing yards in a season (3,679), rushing touchdowns in a season (59) and most rushing attempts in a season (600).

They set a team record with 30 first downs against Bishop Amat in Week 11 of 2011. The Eagles also set a new school record of 309 total first downs in 2011.

Santa Margarita ran 872 offensive plays in 2011 – an average of 58.1 plays per game. This broke the old school mark of 749 plays set in 1998. They ran 65 plays at Brophy, 41 at Long Beach Jordan and 49 against Trabuco Hills to give them 155 in three games. They are averaging an amazing 8.6 yards per play in 2012.

The Eagles ran the ball 600 times in 2011 to break the old school record of 515 set in 1998.

Santa Margarita gained 6,172 yards in 2011 – an average of 411.5 per game. The school record of 6,303 was set in 1997. They gained 476 at Brophy and 610 against Trabuco Hills and are now averaging 440.8 per game.

The Eagles averaged 245.3 yards rushing per game, 6.1 yards per rush and scored 59 rushing TDs in 15 games.  The 59 rushing TDs broke the mark of 45 set in 1997. 

Santa Margarita had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2011 – Ryan Wolpin (1,637) and Johnny Stanton (1,528). In fact they both averaged over 100 yards per game on the ground.

The Eagles intercepted 24 passes in 2011 and returned them 359 yards to set two new school marks. The previous record for interceptions was 17 set in both 1990 and 2010 and the previous high for return yardage was 285 set last year.

In their first 245 games from 1989-2009, the Eagles scored 56 or more points just four times and three of those were in their 1997 CIF Championship season when future Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer helped the Eagles score a then Orange County record 651 points. In just the past 29 games under Harry Welch’s leadership the Eagles have scored 56 or more points on four occasions and 40 or more in twelve (12).

Santa Margarita averaged 7.1 yards per play in 2011.  They were matriculating the ball downfield on each drive at a rate of 50.6 yards per possession (6,172 yards on 122 drives). In their 122 offensive drives in 2011 they were forced into only five three-and-outs.

The Eagle defense forced 32 turnovers during the 2011 season and posted a +12 turnover differential. The 32 turnovers tied a school record set in 1993. They forced four against Trabuco Hills and four against Long Beach Poly. Eagle defenders returned three interceptions for TDs in 2011 and they registered 41 sacks.

They have a +29 turnover ratio in the 31 games since Harry Welch took over prior to the 2010 season.