Mission Viejo 30 - Eagles 20

MISSION VIEJO, CA., August 24, 2018 – In one of the premier matchups between two of orange counties best programs, it was Mission Viejo who came out on top by a score of 30-20. The Eagles defense which was anchored by senior linebacker Connor Burke, managed to keep the Diablo run game to less than 100 yards, but gave up 350 yards through the air. Eagle quarterback sophomore Peter Costelli struggled in just his second career varsity start, completing 9 of 27 passes for 186 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. On the receiving end of that touchdown was sophomore tight end Gary Morrison, who walked into the end zone untouched from 32 yards out for his first career varsity touchdown. Junior wideout Chase Nenad finished his night with three catches for 65 yards with a long of 43, and senior running back Jake Thomas was active out of the backfield, catching four passes for 67 yards. Thomas was a workhorse out of the backfield, rushing 23 times for 71 hard-fought yards and two touchdowns.

Not to be fooled by the scoreboard, the Eagle defense was solid all night, holding the Diablos to three field goals in the red zone. The Eagles had sacks by Martin Hartigan and Burke, while junior Logan Schwenke had three tackles-for-loss. Tackle leaders for the Eagles were Burke (10), Blake Bianchini (9), Corey Hernandez (9), Matt Lynch (8) and Hartigan (8).

Next up for the Eagles will be Colorado’s #2 ranked Cherry Creek (1-0) tonight at Trabuco Hills with kickoff scheduled for 7:00pm. The Bruins are coming off of a 56-7 win over Doherty High School. Cherry Creek is a nine-time Colorado State Champion, most recently back in 2014. The Eagles have played out-of-state opponents just six times and are 3-2 in such games, with four of five of those being on the road.

Sean Zeitler
Sports Information Director