EAGLES DROP TRINITY LEAGUE OPENER TO MATER DEI
Santa Ana, CA. - October 7, 2016 - The Eagles ran into a gauntlet last Friday night against arguably the best team not just in California, but in the Nation. The Eagles (4-2, 0-1) opened up Trinity League play against the top ranked team in Orange County, California, and the number three ranked team in the country in Mater Dei (6-0, 1-0), and they certainly lived up to the bill. The Monarchs would put up 56 unanswered first half points as the Eagles failed to slow down the Monarch offense or find an offensive rhythm of their own all night.
Modest statistical numbers for the Eagles, senior quarterback Richard Wagner would finish his night completing six of 13 passes (46%) for 88 yards and a touchdown. Wagner would be replaced for much of the second half by sophomore quarterback Brenden Costello, who would complete six of eight passes (75%) for 60 yards and a touchdown. Oklahoma-bound senior Grant Calcaterra was held to just one catch on the night, but his one catch was good for 63 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore receiver Munir McClain finished his night with three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown as well.
The offensive workhorse for the night was junior running back Chad Magyar, who carried the ball 25 times for a hard-earned 113 yards. In six games played, Magyar has carried the ball 71 times and accumulated 467 yards with two 100+ yard games and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the Eagles dialed up pressure all night but the Monarchs were able to answer. Junior safety Joe Canty had his best statistical night and led the way for the Eagles with 10 total tackles, five solo and five assisted. Junior linebacker Caden Fitch ended his night with seven tackles and a sack which resulted in a nine yard loss.
The road through the Trinity League won’t get any easier tonight, as the Eagles travel to take on the Braves of St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco (5-1, 1-0) is currently ranked number two in California behind only Mater Dei and ranked fourth in the Nation according to Max Preps. Fresh off of their 70-6 throttling of Servite last week, the Braves are averaging 195 receiving yards, 268 rushing yards, and 45 points per game as they head into their matchup with the Eagles. Kickoff for tonight’s game is set for 7:00pm at Cerritos College and will be streaming live on the NFHS Network.
Source: Sean Zeitler, Sports Information Director