2021 EAGLES

Game 6 - JSerra

SMCHS Eagles (4-1)
JSerra Lions (3-2)

at Saddleback JC (Mission Viejo, California)
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
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Last Game Vs. Los ALamitos

On Homecoming Game night, as they took the field for the second half and trailing 14-0, Santa Margarita Catholic had a huge slope to maneuver to get back in the contest versus then No. 7 Los Alamitos. However, the Eagles came out energized and imposed their will on the Griffins. What transpired in the first five minutes of play was a complete shift of momentum as SMC scored three touchdowns to take a 21-14 advantage. In all, they would score on their first four offensive possessions and add a defensive score to stun the Griffins, 42-21 -- a homecoming to remember.

QB Jaxon Potter had his coming-out party, throwing four touchdown passes in that second stanza, two each to Niko Lopez and Jalen Jones. Both receivers made several spectacular catches on the night. Lopez has scored a touchdown in each of the Eagles’ first five games. The gritty play of the SMC offensive line rewarded Potter with sufficient time to find his open men. For Potter, it was a new career-high for touchdown passes in a single game.

The defense was led by Jacob Bower who intercepted all-everything quarterback Malachi Nelson twice and scooped up a fumble from his hands, as well, and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown. He also registered nine tackles (one for loss). Blake Wilson had an interception and Donovan Comestro contributed four pass defenses. This was, without a doubt, the biggest win for the program in some time. It was also the signature moment in new, young Head Coach Anthony Rouzier’s career. The Eagles have now won three-consecutive Homecoming Games and improved their all-time record to 20-10 (.667) with the victory.

Los Alamitos Game - Weekly Player Awards

  • Special Teams Player of the Week: Taurian Nash
  • Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Niko Lopez and Jake Foye
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Jacob Bower

Most Current Poll Rankings
MaxPreps.com - Nation: 66 / State: 9 / Southern Section: 8 / County: 4
calpreps.com - State: 9 / Southern Section: 8 / County: 4
calhisports.com - State: 12 / Section: 8 / County: 4
Note: All six schools from the Trinity League are ranked in state top-50
yahoo.com / Los Angeles Times - Southland: 7
scorebooklive.com - State: 10 / Southern Section: 6 / County: 3
Orange County Register - County: 4
Dan Albano (ocvarsity.com) - County: 4
High School Football America - Nation: 113 / State: 8 / Section: 6 / County: 3

SANTA MARGARITA PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jaxon Potter
#5 | Quarterback | Junior | 6-3, 170

  • Has thrown for the fifth-most reported passing yards (1,402) in Orange County during the fall season.
  • Threw four touchdown passes -- all in the second half -- in stunning upset win over Los Alamitos, which established a new career-high
  • Completed 29-of-43 passes (67.4%) and set new season-high marks for passing yards (311), attempts (43), completions (29) and tied for touchdowns (3) (since broken) in resounding win over Nolan Catholic. Also rushed for one score. Recognized by the Orange County Register’s with “Huntley’s Hits” for Week 4
  • Named Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. St. Augustine
  • Recognized by PrepRedzone.com for one of the Top Passing Performances for Weeks 0, 2, 3 and 4
  • Threw for the second-most passing yards ever by an SMC quarterback in debut game in season-opening win versus San Juan Hills -- 294-yards. Connected for three touchdown passes
Fall 2021 Orange County Prep Passing Leaders
Quarterback School Year Yards Yards/Game Att Com Pct. TDs
Bo Kelly Dana Hills Senior 1,645 329.0 137 86 .628 19
Trey Kukuk Capistrano Valley Junior 1,510 302.0 146 83 .568 17
Will Bingham Laguna Beach Senior 1,458 243.0 166 110 .663 20
Blake Miller El Toro Senior 1,455 242.5 146 100 .685 15
Jaxon Potter Santa Margarita Junior 1,402 280.4 188 113 .601 14
                 

Note: Statistics obtained from MaxPreps.com for those schools reporting as of press time

Most Passing Yards in First Career Game at SMCHS - All-Time
Quarterback Yards Opponent Date Class
Peter Costelli 325 Downey 08/16/18 Sophomore
Jaxon Potter 294 San Juan Hills 08/20/21 Junior
K.J. Costello 243 @ Bishop Amat 08/30/13 Sophomore
Josiah Norwood 243 @ Downey 08/25/17 Senior
Ryan World 222 @ Mater Dei 10/19/07 Junior
         

 

Nicholas “Niko” Lopez
#0 | Tight End | Junior | 6-4, 210

  • Was selected Team Co-Offensive Player of the Week in upset win over Los Alamitos with two receiving touchdowns. Streak has now extended to each game this season -- 5 (School record is 10, set by John Minardi overlapping the 1996 and 1997 seasons)
  • Tallied a receiving touchdown in win over Nolan Catholic
  • Tied career-high in receptions with nine versus St. Augustine, including a touchdown
  • Tallied a team-high six receptions and scored one touchdown in loss @ Norco
  • Recognized by PrepRedzone.com for one of the Top Receiving Performances for Weeks 0 and 2
  • Achieved new career-highs in pass receptions (9) and yards receiving (96) in season-opening win versus San Juan Hills
  • Ranked the No. 178 overall prospect in the state by PrepRedzone.com for Class of 2023
  • Ranked No. 63 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Los Angeles Times Potential Breakout Star in the Southland for Fall 2021
  • A significant contributor in the Eagles’ championship run at the 7-on-7 “Battle at the Beach” Passing Tournament competition at Edison (Huntington Beach) in July. Named event Most Valuable Player by PrepRedzone.com
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Offense
  • Had 14 receptions for 164 yards (11.7 average) and two touchdowns in Spring 2021 season
  • Called-up to varsity for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoff game at Sierra Canyon in 2019 and had one catch for 11 yards
  • A member of the Eagles basketball program who is described as having sound basketball instincts that transfer to the football field, especially when going after and securing the ball

Nick Gallegos
#7 | Wide Receive/Defensive Back | Senior | 5-11, 175

  • Led team with 94 yards receiving in loss @ Norco
  • Named to OCVarsity.com Orange County “Bonus List of Top Contenders & Overlooked Players”
  • Hauled-in 6 receptions for 106 yards (17.7 average) in season opening win against San Juan Hills. Also scored one touchdown. This included his longest reception -- 52-yards
  • Recognized as an outstanding player at the 7-on-7 “Battle at the Beach” Passing Tournament at Edison (Huntington Beach) in July by PrepRedzone.com

Ben Durham
#9 | Defensive Back | Junior | 5-11, 195

  • Registered a team-high 12 tackles (tied with teammate Donovan Comestro) in loss @ Norco
  • Spring 2021 Letterman
  • Listed on PrepRedzone.com’s “Watch List” of state prospects for Class of 2023

Ryan Zolnick
#10 | DE/LB | Senior | 6-1, 215

  • Notched one sack in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Registered a team-high 1 1/2 sacks in win over St. Augustine
  • Ranked No. 85 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League First-Team - Defense
  • Registered 17 total tackles and two sacks in spring 2021 season

Levar Talley
#11 | Defensive Line | Sophomore | 6-3, 205

  • Had one quarterback sack in win over Nolan Catholic. Recognized by the Orange County Register’s with “Huntley’s Hits” for Week 4
  • Named No. 4 “Defensive Riser” for Class of 2024 selection by PrepRedzone.com fro California
  • Spring 2021 Letterman
  • Ranked No. 84 overall prospect in the state by PrepRedzone.com for Class of 2024

Gage Grant
#12 | Quarterback/Strong Safety | Athlete | Senior | 6-0| 180

  • Ranked No. 132 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Recognized as an outstanding player at the 7-on-7 “Battle at the Beach” Passing Tournament at Edison (Huntington Beach) in July by PrepRedzone.com
  • Spring 2019 Empire League Co-Defensive Player of the Year at Tustin High School - Strong Safety
  • Saw significant action at quarterback and strong safety for the Tillers who finished in a three-way tie for the Empire League title with Pacifica (Garden Grove) and Cypress
  • As a quarterback, completed 63.8% of pass attempts and threw 10 touchdowns. Rushed for three touchdowns and added one receiving
  • Connected for four touchdown passes in each of the final two games of spring 2021 season for the Tillers versus Kennedy (La Palma) and Valencia (Placentia)

Donovan Comestro
#13 | Defensive Back | Junior | 6-0, 160

  • Credited with four passes defended to help preserve upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Had one quarterback sack in win over Nolan Catholic
  • Registered a team-high 12 tackles (tied with teammate Ben Durham) in loss @ Norco
  • Collected one interception in win over San Juan Hills in season-opener
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Defense
  • Notched 16 total tackles (4 for loss), a half sack, one interception, three pass defenses and forced two fumbles in Spring 2021

Jalen Jones
#18 | Wide Receiver | Senior | 5-10, 180

  • Recognized by PrepRedzone.com for one of the Top Receiving Performances for Week 4
  • Registered two touchdown receptions in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Receiving touchdown versus Nolan Catholic was his fourth of the season
  • Ranked No. 58 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Listed on PrepRedzone.com’s “Watch List” of state prospects for the Class of 2022
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Offense
  • Caught 15 passes for 195 yards (13.0 average) and two touchdowns in Spring 2021
  • Has received offers from Valparaiso and Davidson
  • A speed-burner, has run 10.9 in the 100-meters
  • A member of the Eagles track team, participating in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relay

Ian Grogan
#19 | Wide Receiver | Senior | 6-0, 185

  • Executed a 2-point conversion on a run vs. St. Augustine
  • Rushed four times while appearing at running back in Spring 2021, scoring two touchdowns. Also added one receiving
  • 2019 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Offense
  • Team leader with 511 receiving yards (21.3 average) in 2019 with two touchdowns
  • Notched career highs with five receptions along with 113 yards receiving in loss at Cherry Creek in 2019

Romen Christensen - #24 | Linebacker/Punter | Senior | 5-10, 180

  • Launched a 51-yard punt in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Had one quarterback sack in win over Nolan Catholic
  • Selected Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. San Juan Hills
  • Led the team with nine total tackles in season-opening win against San Juan Hills

Blake Wilson - #34 | Defensive Back | Junior | 5-11 , 170

  • Registered one interception in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Was selected Team Special Teams Player of the Week in win over Nolan Catholic
  • Connected for a successful 46-yard field goal in loss @ Norco
  • Recognized by PrepRedzone.com as one of the Top Defensive Performances for Week 0
  • Selected Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. San Juan Hills and St. Augustine
  • Registered 2 interceptions in win over San Juan Hills in season-opener -- first two of his career
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Defense
  • Second on team in Spring 2021 in total tackles with 32
  • Handles the team’s kick-off duties

Jake Foye
#42 | Running Back | Junior | 5-10, 190

  • Was selected Team Co-Offensive Player of the Week in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Named to OCVarsity.com Orange County “Bonus List of Top Contenders & Overlooked Players”
  • Selected Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. San Juan Hills
  • Rushed for a career-high 181 yards on 21 attempts (8.6 average) in season opening win against San Juan Hills. Also scored one touchdown

Noah Sulick
#43 | Linebacker | Sophomore | 5-10, 180

  • Enjoyed the best game of his young career against Nolan Catholic: four tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one-and-a-half QB sacks. Recognized by the Orange County Register’s with “Huntley’s Hits” for Week 4

Jacob Bower
#44 | Linebacker | Junior | 6-2, 175

Hero Kanu
#45 | Defensive Tackle | Senior | 6-5, 300

  • A Top-100 national and Top-10 California 5-star prospect currently with 24 offers from Division 1 Power Five conference schools. On July 9, officially narrowed down to ten: Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia, Washington and Texas
  • Experienced his best game of the season with two sacks, four tackles (two for loss) and one quarterback hurry in upset win over Los Alamitos
  • Registered first full quarterback sack of the season in victory over Nolan Catholic
  • Television / Web feature interview on Bally’s Sports West / SoCal Prep Zone: “From Germany to So Cal High School Football”
  • Web feature interview on Spectrum News 1: “Santa Margarita Eagles Build New Culture Centered on Diversity, Family”
  • Newspaper / Web feature interview in Orange County Register: “Hero Kanu is a Marvel”
  • scorebooklive.com Fall 2021 State Defensive Player of the Year nominee
  • Recognized by PrepRedzone.com for one of the Top Defensive Performances for Week 2
  • Led team with three tackles-for-loss in win over St. Augustine (Also notched 1/2 sack)
  • Featured in four 247Sports.com online highlight videos in 2021
  • Ranked No. 1 Top Prospect for Class of 2022 by Europe’s Elite / europeselite.com
  • Ranked No. 1 Prep Prospect from Germany for Class of 2021 / 2022 by Europe’s Elite / europeselite.com
  • MaxPreps.com Fall 2021 Preseason All-State Team - Defense (DL)
  • rivals.com Prospect Rankings: National: 80, Position: 8 and State: 8
  • Ranked No. 6 by USA Today High School Sports in Top 25 Class of 2022 High School Players from California
  • Ranked No. 6 by yahoo.com Sports in Top 25 Class of 2022 High School Players from California
  • Ranked No. 7 prospect by ESPN / ESPN 300 in Class of 2022 High School Players from California
  • Cal-Hi Sports Fall 2021 Preseason All-State First-Team - Defense (DL)
  • Cal-Hi Sports Fall 2021 Preseason All-Orange County First-Team - Defense (DL)
  • scorebooklive.com Fall 2021 Preseason All-State Team - Defense (DL)
  • scorebooklive.com Fall 2021 Preseason All-CIF - Southern Section Team - Defense (DL)
  • SI.com All-American Watch List - Top Interior Defensive Linemen - “Notable”
  • Ranked No. 10 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Ranked No. 1 defensive lineman in Orange County for Fall 2021 by the Orange County Register
  • Los Angeles Times Top 10 Defensive Linemen to Watch in Fall 2021
  • Los Angeles Times Prep Rally: “Big Men to Watch” in Fall 2021
  • MaxPreps.com compares to Kanu to Cameron Hayward of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Ranked No. 8 overall prospect in the state by MaxPreps.com
  • Ranked No. 1 prospect in the state and No. 7 in the nation at defensive tackle by MaxPreps.com
  • Ranked No. 9 overall prospect in the state and No. 1 at defensive tackle by PrepRedzone.com for Class of 2022
  • Cal-Hi Sports Fall 2021 Preseason Hot 100 - No. 11 overall in state for Class of 2022
  • Orange County Register’s - “Juniors Who Will Reign in the Fall of 2021”
  • 2022 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game invitee -- January 8, 2022: Will announce college selection
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity First-Team League - Defense
  • Ranked No. 8 defensive lineman in the state after Spring 2021 season by scorebooklive.com
  • scorebooklive.com Spring 2021 All-State Football Team (DL)
  • Cal-Hi Sports Spring 2021 All-State Second-Team - Defense (DL)
  • Cal-Hi Sports Spring 2021 All-State First-Team - Defense - Junior Team (DL)
  • MaxPreps.com Spring 2021 All-State Second-Team - Defense (DL)
  • Los Angeles Times Spring 2021 All-Star High School First-Team - Defense (DL)
  • Class of 2022 “Stock Risers” selection by PrepRedzone.com for California
  • Cal-Hi Sports Winter 2021 Class of 2022 Top-100 recruit

Taurian Nash
#47 | Running Back | Freshman

  • Was selected Team Special Teams Player of the Week after upset win over Los Alamitos. Also scored one rushing touchdown
  • Gained 68 yards rushing and scored his first-career touchdown on a 46 yard romp in win over St. Augustine

Jalani Liva
#62 | Offensive Line | Junior | 6-4, 320

  • Recognized as a “Lineman on the Rise” in Orange County for Fall 2021 by the Orange County Register
  • Spring 2021 Letterman
  • Ranked the No. 124 overall prospect in the state by PrepRedzone.com for Class of 2023 and Outstanding Newcomer

Kilian O’Connor
#67 | Offensive Line | Senior | 6-2 , 285

  • Has received an offer from Columbia
  • Cal-Hi Sports Fall 2021 Preseason All-State Second-Team - Offense (OL)
  • Ranked No. 5 offensive lineman in Orange County for Fall 2021 by PrepRedzone.com
  • Ranked No. 61 by Orange County Register of Hot-150 Top Impact Players for Fall 2021
  • Ranked No. 6 offensive lineman in Orange County for Fall 2021 by the Orange County Register
  • Listed on PrepRedzone.com’s “Watch List” of state prospects for the Class of 2022
  • Spring 2021 All-Trinity League Second-Team - Offense
  • Cal-Hi Sports Winter 2021 No. 63 state prospect for Class of 2022
  • Cal-Hi Sports Summer 2020 No. 59 state prospect for Class of 2022
  • 2019 All-Trinity League First-Team - Offense

Kyle Brody
#88 | Tight End | Sophomore | 6-4 , 230

  • Ranked No. 84 overall prospect in the state by PrepRedzone.com for Class of 2024
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: JSerra

SMCHS Season Game No. 6 / Trinity League Game No. 1
Game Day / Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 @ JSerra Catholic Campus Stadium, 7:00 p.m.
School Location: San Juan Capistrano
Nickname: Lions
Head Coach: Scott McKnight (3-2, .600) -- 1st Season
2021 Fall Record: 3-2
Last Week: Won vs. Newport Harbor (Newport Beach), 44-0
2021 Spring Season: 0-5 Overall | 0-5 Trinity League (6th)
2019 Season: 6-5 Overall | 2-3 Trinity League (4th) | 0-1 CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs
All-Time Series: SMC Leads Series 9-6
Last Game / SMCHS Win: 42-0 in Spring 2021 @ Santa Ana Bowl (SMC Home)
Players to Watch:

  • Chase Barry | Senior | Punter / Kicker
  • David Tuliau | Junior | Defensive Lineman
  • Zach Pua | Senior | Fullback / Middle Linebacker
  • Luke Berry | Senior | Linebacker / Defensive End
  • Justin Joiner-Greer | Junior | Offensive Lineman / Defensive Lineman
  • Dylan Mills | Sophomore | Quarterback
  • Titus Heimuli | Senior | Wide Receiver
  • Josh Jornadal | Junior | Wide Receiver
  • Jared Referente | Sophomore | Offense - Athlete / Linebacker
  • Hugo Hart | Sophomore | Defense - Athlete

In Brief: The Spring 2021 season saw JSerra Catholic field a squad that was an extremely young and mostly inexperienced group. The Lions now turn to longtime assistant Scott McKnight as the new Head Coach who is tasked with guiding the stable of young talent and rebuilding the foundation of a contender. McKnight has been an assistant coach for 10 seasons and has a tremendous reputation when it comes to special teams. McKnight has also coached at Tesoro (Los Flores) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana). The reins of the offense fall to sophomore quarterback Dylan Mills, who eventually took control of the starting job during his freshman season. Mills is said to have the ability to extend plays with his feet and throws a great deep ball. Perhaps the most talented player the Lions have is punter / kicker Chase Barry. One outlet has ranks the 6-5, 215-pound senior as the No. 5 punter in the nation for the class of 2022. He is categorized as a “big-time punting prospect.” Barry averages 45-plus yards per punt, with 4.5-plus (seconds) hang time. The reigning Trinity League “Punter of the Year” has offers from all three service academies: Army-West Point, Navy and Air Force. Despite facing some struggles, the new CIF-SS Playoff division system could give the Lions the opportunity to play in a lower division as an at-large team, primarily due to its strength of schedule in the mighty Trinity League. The Lions will start non-seniors at many key positions.

NEXT WEEK’S OPPONENT: Servite

SMCHS Season Game No. 7 / Trinity League Game No. 2
Game Day / Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 7:00 p.m.
School Location: Anaheim
Nickname: Friars
Head Coach: Troy Thomas: 2005-2012 & 2018 - Present: 96-36-0 (.727) - 12 Seasons
2021 Fall Record: 5-0
Last Week: Won vs. Helix (La Mesa), 42-7
2021 Spring Season: 4-2 Overall | 3-2 Trinity League (3rd)
2019 Season: 7-4 Overall | 3-2 Trinity League (3rd) | 0-1 CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs
All-Time Series: Servite leads 15-10-1
Last Game: Servite won 42-13 @ Santa Ana Bowl - Spring 2021 (SMC home)
Last SMCHS Win: 51-28 @ Cerritos College - 2017
Players to Watch:

  • Tetairoa McMillan | Senior | Wide Receiver
  • Josiah Laban | Senior | Offensive Guard
  • Noah Fifita | Senior | Quarterback
  • Mason Graham | Senior | Defensive Line / Offensive Line
  • Jacob Manu | Senior | Linebacker
  • Mike Hurst | Senior | Defensive Back
  • Houston Thomas | Senior | Running Back / Defensive Back
  • Keyan Burnett | Senior | Tight End
  • Emmett Mosley | Sophomore | Wide Receiver / Defensive Back
  • Vaka Hansen | Junior | Defensive Lineman

In Brief: The Noah Fifita to Tetairoa McMillan quarterback-receiver combination is nearly impossible to contain. Then you add tight end / receiver Keyan Burnett to the mix and you have a potent offensive squad. Unfortunately for Servite, Burnett missed both games against the “Big Two” in the spring due to injury, but is back and healthy. The defense with linebackers Jacob Manu and Aden Eckenwiler and defensive lineman Mason Graham is fast and always on the attack. Two-way performer Emmett Mosley has been described as the best sophomore in Orange County. If any team in Southern California can compete with Mater Dei and St. John Bosco, it’s this one. Although, the record shows that the Friars haven’t beaten either school since 2011. Servite will play both in back-to-back weeks on October 23 and 30 -- a true test. The Friars have plenty of other outstanding returnees, as well. In all, they have eight starters returning on defense. Barring injury, Servite might be just good enough to vault to the top this year.

HEAD COACH Anthony Rouzier

Anthony Rouzier begins his second season as the Head Varsity Coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Prior to taking the reigns of the program in the spring of 2021, Rouzier coached at SMC for three seasons, first serving as the linebacker coach and then as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator. The path to Head Coach started on August 27, 2020 when Rouzier was named on an interim basis. He replaced Tim Walsh after his resignation from the position to focus on a medical issue. On February 5, 2021, Rouzier was named fulltime Head Coach by school President Andy Sulick.

Rouzier played collegiately at the University of Connecticut in 2005. There he was the first true freshman walk-on to start in the Division-era of the school. He then transferred to the University of Massachusetts as a scholarship athlete and was a member of two Colonial Athletic Conference championships teams. In the classroom, Rouzier earned All-Academic All-Conference honors in 2007 and 2008.

After his collegiate playing days, in 2014, Rouzier coached at Amherst Regional High School (Massachusetts) where he started as the linebacker coach and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator mid-season. Rouzier then proceeded to coach the outside linebackers at Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina) in the spring of 2015. Shortly after that, he returned as a graduate assistant at his Alma Mater, the University of Massachusetts. There he worked with the defensive backs in 2015 and linebackers in 2016.

Rouzier then found his way to Europe to coach with the Hamburg Huskies of the German Football League. There, in 2017, he was the interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. For his success, Rouzier was promoted to and accepted the Head Coaching position. Rouzier was also the Defensive Coordinator for the Under-17 Hamburg State All-Star team and worked with a recruiting service that helped European prospects earn Division 1 college scholarships in the United States. One of the other German coaches was current SMC assistant coach Sean Embree. It was Embree who convinced Rouzier that coaching at SMC would be worth his while and he soon found his way to South Orange County.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rouzier married his wife Elwira, who he met in Germany in 2018. He holds Juris Doctor and Master’s of Business Administration degrees from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He is the co-creator of a children’s book and non-profit organization that promotes health and wellness.

Compiled and edited by Chuck Nan. Game and historical statistics by Shane Mielke