EAGLES, GREEN, GROUND AND POUND GAME TOO MUCH FOR ALEMANY
Mission Hills, CA - September 16, 2016 - Chalk it up to poor lighting in the stadium if you would like, but the matchup between the Eagles (2-1) and the Warriors (1-2) needed very little passing and got a whole lot of rushing instead. Led by senior running back Trey Green, the Eagles managed 293 rushing yards, 242 of which went to Green, including 163 first half rushing yards. The Warriors had a good counter attack of their own in senior running back Cayden Dunn, who rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown of 78-yards.
The Eagles defense kept sophomore Alemany quarterback Tripp Mitchell to just eight of 23 passing (35%) for 148 yards and a touchdown. Of those 148, 49 yards came on one play that resulted in a touchdown by Johnny Edwards. For the Eagles, Richard Wagner was 15 of 23 (65%) for 184 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end of those touchdowns were Munir McClain, whose lone catch was for 31 yards and Grant Calcaterra, who finished his night with five catches, 44 yards and a score. Junior Chad Magyar had another impressive and reliable evening, rushing the ball six times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Magyar also proved to be crucial in the receiving game, catching four passes for 69 yards to account for 113 total yards. Joining the century club for all-purpose yards was junior Malone Mataele, who had 14 receiving yards, 99 kickoff return yards, and 54 punt return yards to round out his night with 167 total yards.
Despite trailing 28-27 going into halftime, the Eagles made the necessary adjustments in the second half as they outscored Alemany 21-3 to close out the game. As impressive as their 477 total yards of offense was, the Eagles had only 35 penalty yards compared to Alemany’s 146 penalty yards. On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker’s Caden Fitch, Sean Toohey and senior safety Brennan Gibbons accounted for 23 of the teams 57 tackles on the night.
A busy night for the right leg of kicker Dylan Brady, who finished up a perfect six for six on PAT’s and two for two on field goals, including a 44-yard field goal and another one that reached the scoreboard and took out a bank of lights on the clock. Unlike the 1984 movie classic, The Natural, no sparks flew.
The Eagles finished their night with 72 plays, 21 first downs, and seven penalties for 35 yards. Alemany managed 68 plays, 15 first downs, and a staggering 23 penalties for 146 yards.
The Eagles are back at home tonight as they play host to another Warrior team in Westlake High School (1-2) at 7:00pm at Saddleback College. Westlake is coming off back to back losses to Aleda High School of Texas, 65-7, and Newbury Park, 43-40. Their lone win of the season came in week zero to Oxnard High School by a score of 38-24. Westlake is averaging 92.7 rushing yards, 245.3 passing yards and 28.3 points per game. The Eagles are now averaging 180.7 rushing yards, 248.3 passing yards, and 35.3 points per game.
Source: Sean Zeitler, Sports Information Director