2021 EAGLES

Eagles 28 - Orange Lutheran 21

MISSION VIEJO, CA., October 29, 2021 — Dense fog rolled in after halftime but that didn't stop Santa Margarita Catholic from ending the regular season with a win. Quarterback Jaxon Potter was on fire as he hit 35-of-55 passes (63.6%) for 462 yards and three touchdowns. All of Potter’s attempt and completion numbers bested previously established school marks, while the passing yards were second all-time. He also rushed for one score. The talented junior now has 2,703 passing yards for the season with 23 touchdown passes. Three of Potter’s receivers smashed the 100-yard receiving barrier: Jalen Jones (135), Niko Lopez (134) and Ty Benefield (101). One of Benefield’s receptions, of 67 yards, helped set up the game winning score. Running back Jake Foye rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown. Offensively, it was a stat freaks delight. Defensively, Hero Kanu had six tackles (4 for loss), one sack and one forced fumble. Linebacker Jacob Bower had five total tackles, while Noah Sulick had five tackles (2 for loss) and one interception. As a team, the Eagles also broke the single game record for offensive plays from scrimmage with 89.

Prep RedZone - Southern California Top Performances: Week 10
Defense: Hero Kanu
Passing: Jaxon Potter
Receiving: Jalen Jones and Niko Lopez
Rushing: Jake Foye

ALL-TIME SMCHS PASSING RECORD BOOK ENTRIES

Most Pass Attempts in Single Game
55 by Jaxon Potter
Previous: 47 by K.J. Costello vs. Orange Lutheran - 2014

Most Pass Completions in Single Game
35 by Jaxon Potter
Previous: 34 by K.J. Costello vs. Orange Lutheran - 2014

Most Passing Yards in Single Game (2nd)
462 by Jaxon Potter
Others - See chart below

MOST PASSING YARDS IN SINGLE GAME AT SMCHS - ALL-TIME
QUARTERBACK YARDS OPPONENT DATE
K.J. Costello 495 Orange Lutheran October 17, 2014
Jaxon Potter 462 Orange Lutheran October 29, 2021
K.J. Costello 446 @ Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) August 30, 2013
Carson Palmer 423 Tustin (CIF Playoffs) @ Cal-State Fullerton December 13, 1997
K.J. Costello 423 @ Santiago (Corona) September 4, 2015

 

ALL-TIME SMCHS RECEIVING RECORD BOOK ENTRIES
3 Players with 100-Plus Receiving Yards in Same Game at SMCHS - All-Time

RECEIVERS YARDS TOTAL OPPONENT DATE
Kyle Sweet 235 475 Orange Lutheran October 17, 2014
Conner Bianchini 139
Noah Rasheed 101
    370 Orange Lutheran October 29, 2021
Niko Lopez 134
Jalen Jones 135
Ty Benefield 101
    365 Tustin (CIF) @ Cal-State Fullerton December 13, 1997
Mike O’Gorman 127
John Minardi 124
Greg Orlando 114

 

ALL-TIME SMCHS COMBINED OFFENSE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES
3 Players with 100-Plus Receiving Yards and 1 Player with 100-Plus Rushing Yards in Same Game at SMCHS - All-Time

PLAYERS YARDS TOTAL OPPONENT DATE
Jalen Jones 135 Rec. 507 Orange Lutheran October 29, 2021
Niko Lopez 134 Rec.
Ty Benefield 101 Rec.
Jake Foye 137 Rush
    469 Tustin (CIF) @ Cal-State Fullerton December 13, 1997
Mike O’Gorman 127 Rec.
John Minardi 124 Rec.
Greg Orlando 114 Rec.
Bryant Wolfsberger 104 Rush

 

ALL-TIME SMCHS TEAM OFFENSE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES

Most Offensive Plays from Scrimmage:
89 (34 rushing & 55 passing)

Previous: 86 vs. Bishop Amat - 2014 (43 rushing & 43 passing)

* Special Note *
Each week, Michael Huntley, prep football journalist from Orange County publishes his online column entitled: Hits, Misses and Helmet Stickers. On November 2 in the Orange County Register, Huntley recognized our own master statistician Shane Mielke with a “Huntley Hit” for his effort to keep the numbers straight during the fierce blanket of fog that engulfed Saddleback Stadium during the last home game versus Orange Lutheran.

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