Mission Viejo, CA. - October 24, 2016 - Last Friday’s game couldn’t have started off any better for the Eagles. On their first offensive play of the game, senior quarterback Richard Wagner connected with his favorite target, Grant Calcaterra for a 76 yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up 7-0 just seconds into the game. The Eagles (4-4, 0-3) would go into the locker room at halftime with a one-point lead, 14-13, but unfortunately it would be their last lead, as the Lions (5-3, 1-2) would go on to win the game by a final score of 27-21.

The achilles heel for the Eagles came via penalties and turnovers, as they were flagged 13 times for 130 yards and turned the ball over three times, with two fumbles and an interception late in the game. Wagner completed 16 of 27 for 305 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception. Calcaterra had one of his best statistical nights, as he caught a team high seven passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. After nursing an injury the past couple weeks, senior running back Trey Green carried the ball 13 times for 68 yards and a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that gave the Eagles some life. Unfortunately for the Eagles, that was about the extent of their offense as they would only score one second half touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Eagles were anchored by junior linebacker Caden Fitch and sophomore defensive end Mase Funa. Fitch was in on 15 tackles and Funa was in on 10, including three tackles for a loss. The Eagle defense would give up 183 rushing yards courtesy of Matt Robinson (71 yards), Nick Callen (80) and Riley O’Brien (32).

Santa Margarita now finds themselves in a difficult situation as they fall to 0-3 in Trinity League play and see themselves on the outside looking in. Mater Dei sits at the top of the league at 3-0, St. John Bosco is 2-1, Orange Lutheran is 2-1, Servite is at 1-2, JSerra at 1-2, and Santa Margarita sits at 0-3. Santa Margarita sets up a much more favorable schedule as opposed to JSerra, as the Eagles end with Orange Lutheran and Servite, whereas JSerra ends with St. John Bosco and Mater Dei. The Eagles will close out their regular season with home games against Orange Lutheran tonight and Servite on November 4th. The Eagles need to win at least one of their last two games in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Source: Sean Zeitler, Sports Information Director