EAGLE OFFENSE TOO MUCH FOR WESTLAKE TO HANDLE
Mission Viejo, CA. - September 23, 2016 - The Eagles laid a lot of groundwork last Friday night when they beat Westlake High School, 49-8. Pun intended. The Eagles kept it on the ground as they would rush for 257 yards and scored all seven of their touchdowns via the run game. Rushing by committee, eight Eagles helped contribute to their 35 carries on the night including junior Chad Magyar who scored two first half touchdowns and finished his evening with five carries for 58 yards. Senior quarterback Richard Wagner rushed three times for 36 yards, two of which went for touchdowns as well. Wagner was economical in the passing game, completing 13 of 16 passes (81%) for 132 yards. The Eagles would outscore the Warriors 42-0 going into the half, 28 in the second quarter alone, which would necessitate a running clock for the second half of the game.
Getting in on the scoring action was senior running back Trey Green, who rushed for 21 yards on four carries with a touchdown, Oklahoma-bound senior Grant Calcaterra carried the ball once for 23 yards for a touchdown, and sophomore Kyle Hastings saw his first varsity action and made the best of it, carrying the ball three times for 15 yards and a score. Sophomore quarterback Brenden Costello saw plenty of action in the second half and gave Westlake’s defense issues, as he would tack on 61 rushing yards on six carries.
With the run game firing on all cylinders, the passing game wasn’t crucial, but Wagner did his part to distribute the rock. Calcaterra would haul in five passes for 58 yards, Magyar had three catches for 24 yards, Mark Eaton caught two passes for 21 yards, Green had two catches for 18 yards, and Giulio Pozzuoli had a catch for 11 yards.
The Warrior’s offense never found a rhythm due to a swarming Eagle defense. Westlake was held scoreless well into the fourth quarter before the Eagles gave up a touchdown and a two point conversion late in the game. Junior defensive tackle Alex Kilander made his presence felt all night, as he led all Eagles with six total tackles including a sack that was good for a 13 yard loss. Junior cornerback Jordan Tollner recorded his first career varsity interception, kicker Dylan Brady was seven for seven on PAT’s and recorded four touchbacks on eight kickoffs. Offensively, the Eagles are now averaging 199.8 rushing yards, 219.3 passing yards, and 419 total yards per game. Defensively, they are averaging 58 tackles and two sacks per game.
The Eagles (3-1) have now rattled off three wins in a row as they head into their matchup with MLK High School. The Wolves (1-2) are averaging 12.7 points per game and the Eagles are averaging 38.8 points per game.
In their three game winning streak, the Eagles have scored 134 points and have kept their opponents to just 50, 35 of which came from Alemany High School alone. This high powered offense is now turning heads, as the Eagles find themselves ranked #14 in this week’s High School Football America Southern California Top 25.
Source: Sean Zeitler, Sports Information Director