Orange Lutheran 39 - Eagles 37

COSTA MESA, CA., September 28, 2018 – If you are a Santa Margarita High School football fan and you see a record of 2-4, 0-1, you might be scratching your head and wondering how you got there. Having a 2-3 non-league schedule as a member of the Trinity league, the daunting six-team gauntlet, makes for a bleak forecast to put it mildly. All of that brings us back to the original question, “how did you get there?” Well let’s take a deeper look.

Through the first six games of the 2018 season, the Eagle opponents have a combined overall record of 29-10, while the combined record of the four teams that they have lost to is 22-4. Despite those four losses, The Eagles have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 231-169 and have lost by a combined 24 points. The Eagles boast a roster loaded with young talent, none more obvious than that of sophomore quarterback Peter Costelli who in just six varsity games as an Eagles, has put his name in the record books. Costelli now joins KJ Costello and Carson Palmer as the only Eagles to ever surpass the 400-yard barrier (416, vs. Orem) and just threw his second consecutive four-touchdown game, while totaling 16 touchdown passes on the season. Costelli finished his night against the Lancers completing 17 of 26 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Against the Lancers, it was Kareem Amer who despite only catching two passes, hauled in 119 yards which made for a 59.5 yards. That 59.5 yards-per-catch average set a new school record, by the slimmest of margins. Amer edged-out Grant Calcaterra by one yard. Calcaterra had two catches for 117 yards (58.5) versus JSerra in 2015. Junior Chase Nenad finished the night with seven catches for 75 yards and a score; Jake Ebach had four for 54 yards and a score, and sophomore Gary Morrison had four for 46 and a touchdown. Behind a stout offensive line, it was junior Nick Barcelos who stole the show in the absence of Jake Thomas. Barcelos was a beast, carrying the ball 25 times for 149 bruising yards and making defenders pay all night.

Defensively, it was tackle by committee, as three Eagle defenders finished the night with 9 tackles (Blake Bianchini, Connor Burke, and Martin Hartigan), while Logan Schwenke continued his impressive junior campaign by adding another sack, making it 5.5 on the season.

Next Up: The Trinity train keeps on rolling tonight as the Eagles travel to take on the #1 ranked team in the country in Mater Dei (5-1, 1-0).

When: Friday October 5, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Santa Ana Bowl

All-Time Series: Mater Dei leads 13-6-0

Last Eagle Win: 2010, 17-7

Sean Zeitler
Sports Information Director