Servite 30 - Eagles 23

MISSION VIEJO, CA., October 11, 2018 – In what was dubbed as a must-win game for both teams, the Eagles (3-5, 0-3) found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard last week against Servite (4-3, 1-2), losing to the Friars 30-23. The Eagles high powered offense was grounded as sophomore quarterback Peter Costelli was held to 16 of 36 passes (44%), for 138 yards and two interceptions. The bright spot for the offense was in fact the ground game, as the Eagles rushed by committee for 239 yards. Junior Nick Barcelos led the way for the run game, carrying the ball 12 times for 83 yards. Senior Jake Thomas was back in action for the Eagles, rushing 16 times for 67 yards. Costelli called his own number eight times for 57 yards, while senior Jake Ebach carried it four times for 32 yards and a touchdown. Leading reciever for the Eagles was that of junior Chase Nenad, who continues his impressive junior campaign by catching eight passes for 92 yards. The remainder of the scoring came via the foot of Eagles soccer standout Giacomo Boccuzzi, who finished his night 2-2 on PAT’s and 3-3 on field goals, including a 49-yard field goal.

Defensively, it was senior Blake Bianchini who had arguably his best statistical performance with 11 total tackles, 10 of which were solo, and also hauled in an interception. Junior Greg Doyle finished his night with 11 total tackles, while senior captain Matt Hartigan had eight tackles and an interception of his own.

The road through the Trinity League unfortunately does not get much as easier. For the second time in three weeks, the Eagles will face off with the top ranked team in the country, this week in St. John Bosco (8-0, 3-0). The Eagles dropped their road matchup with the Mater Dei Monarchs two weeks ago, who at the time was the best team in the country. That was until last week when they faced off with St. John Bosco and were handed their only loss on the field by the score of 41-18. The Eagles and Braves will kick off tonight at Trabuco Hills High School at 7:00pm.

St. John Bosco leads the all-time series against Santa Margarita, 12-10. Last year’s matchup between the Eagles and the Braves was an instant classic, with Bosco narrowly hanging on by the score of 40-38. The last Eagle win over the Braves was a 28-20 win back in 2011.

Sean Zeitler
Sports Information Director