ST. John Bosco 49 - Eagles 14
MISSION VIEJO, CA., October 19, 2018 – Expectations were grounded for the Eagles last week when they played host to the top ranked team in the country in St. John Bosco. The Braves of Bosco lived up to their billing and struck quickly, putting up 28 points in the first quarter and beating the Eagles by a final score of 49-14. Although the Eagles struggled to establish a passing game, the bright spot offensively was senior running back Jake Thomas, who carried the Eagles almost literally, rushing the ball 23 times for 134 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Thomas ended the night as the leading receiver as well, catching three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. By the end of the night, the Eagles had 243 yards of total offense with 189 of those coming courtesy of Mr. Thomas.
Defensively, senior linebacker Beckford Williams led the way for the Eagles while stepping in for injured captain Connor Burke. Williams had 12 total tackles (3 solo, 9 assisted), Blake Bianchini had 10 total tackles (5 solo, 5 assisted), and Corey Hernandez ended the night with eight total tackles (3 solo, 5 assisted).
With Bosco in the books, the Eagles now shift their focus to the final game of their season when they welcome JSerra (7-2, 2-2) to Trabuco Hills tonight. The Lions are currently ranked #6 in the country and #3 in California according to Max Preps. Yes, you read that right, the three highest ranked teams all hail from the Trinity league with Bosco #1, Mater Dei #2, and JSerra #3.
Santa Margarita leads the all-time series against JSerra 8-4 with the Eagles winning that instant classic on the road last year, 36-35.
Athlete Feature: Junior wideout Chase Nenad, according to MaxPreps, now has 60 receptions on the 2018 season, which puts him 3rd on the county list for receptions behind only Caine Savage of Western and John Humphreys of CDM. His 60 receptions places him 7th on the SMCHS All-Time single season list. Sophomore Peter Costelli has now surpasses the 2,000 yard mark with one game still left to negotiate. Costelli’s 2,090 yards ranks him 9th on the SMCHS All-Time list for passing yards in a single season.
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