EAGLE FOOTBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH STATEMENT WIN OVER LOYOLA, 37-7
Mission Viejo, CA. - September 9, 2016 - After dropping their season opener to the number two ranked team in Orange County, the Eagles (1-1) used a balanced offensive attack last Friday to defeat the visiting Loyola Cubs by a score of 37-7.
Senior quarterback Richard Wagner was back to form, connecting on 22 of 30 passes (73%) for 397 yards and three touchdowns. Wagner’s favorite target on the night was none other than 6’4” 215-pound Oklahoma-commit Grant Calcaterra. After a modest evening against Mission Viejo, Calcaterra showed what all the hype was about, hauling in 14 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns including a long of 83 yards.
The 2016 Eagles are making their mark on the record books, as Calcaterra’s three touchdown night tied a school record for most touchdowns in a game with some of the most renowned names in Santa Margarita Football lore. Calcaterra is now tied with John Minardi ’98 (five times), Brad Finneran ’94, Mike O’Gorman ’99 and Kyle Sweet ’15 for three touchdowns in a game. Wagner’s second favorite target in the passing game was junior Chad Magyar who had three catches of his own for 57 yards respectively.
The passing game was set up cordially by 211 total rushing yards thanks to senior running back Trey Green and Magyar. Green would go on to finish his night with 18 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, courtesy of a 26 yard scamper on his ninth carry of the evening. Magyar had a breakthrough night for himself, finishing just shy of the century mark, tallying 99 yards on 12 carries. When all was said and done offensively, four Eagles eclipsed the century mark for total yards, with Wagner’s 402 yards (397 pass, 5 rush), Calcaterra’s 292 yards (all receiving), Magyar’s 156 yards (99 rush, 57 receiving), and Green’s 107 (all rushing) yards.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by the heart and soul of the defense, middle linebacker Caden Fitch. Fitch was the only Eagle with double digit tackles (12) and was credited with 1.5 sacks. Fitch is now leading the Eagle defense in averaging 11 tackles and 0.8 sacks per game. Three other Eagles got in on sacks as well, including Sean Toohey (1.0), David Chen (1.5), and Malik McClain (1.0). The Eagle secondary had a big night, holding Loyola quarterback Sean O’Malley to only six of 16 (38%) for 96 yards and two interceptions. One-third of O’Malley’s passes were actually made by the Eagles, with two interceptions going to seniors Brennan Gibbons and Darian Fernandez, who brought them back for 42 and 36 yards each.
Source: Sean Zeitler, Sports Information Director