Eagles 59 - Downey 21

MISSION VIEJO, CA., August 16, 2018 – The energy and excitement was palpable at Trabuco Hills High School for the week zero matchup between the visiting Downey Vikings and the counties number five ranked Santa Margarita Eagles. The excitement was obvious, as the Eagles would score on their opening play of the game and their first play from scrimmage of the second half. With the departure of quarterback Josiah Norwood who is now at UCLA, all eyes turned to the sophomore transfer who would take his first ever varsity snap. Eyes popped and jaws dropped as Costelli carried himself with a veteran-like demeanor, connecting on 23 of 29 passes (79.3%) for 325 yards and six touchdowns as he connected with eight different receivers. His 325 yards set a school record for most passing yards in a first career game, previously held by KJ Costello (Stanford) and Josiah Norwood (UCLA), 243 yards. Not to be overlooked, Costelli’s six touchdown passes also broke a school record, previously held by a guy named Carson Palmer who threw for five touchdowns on two different occasions. The leading receiver for the Eagles on the night was Kareem Amer, who would haul in five receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown.

Behind a now veteran offensive line, senior Jake Thomas was able to rush 10 times for 120 yards (12.0 average) with two touchdowns and also had a pass reception of 16 yards which ended in the end zone.

For just the ninth time in the school’s history, the Eagles had a 250+ yard passer, 100+ yard rusher, and a 100+ yard receiver in Costelli (325), Amer (115) and Thomas (120).

Defensively, the Eagles were led by the senior Blake Bianchini who seemed to be everywhere on the field, resulting in leading the teams in tackles with 13 (9 solo, 4 assisted). Senior linebacker Connor Burke had 11 tackles of his own (4 solo, 7 assisted) as well blocked punt recovery on the first drive of the game. Junior Greg Doyle had two sacks and Logan Schwenke had one of his own.

Sean Zeitler
Sports Information Director