Eagles 31 - Vikings 13
BELLFLOWER, CA., SEPTEMBER 11 , 2021 - The Eagles made a short trip north to Los Angeles County to the field of their league rival, St. John Bosco. There they squared-off versus Nolan Catholic (Ft. Worth, Texas) at the “Trinity League vs. The USA Football Showcase.” The Vikings came into the game ranked in Texas and had a reputation as a respectable program that has enjoyed success. However, this was not their day at all, falling, 31-13 in a game that wasn’t even that close. SMC led 31-0 going into the fourth quarter and allowed the Vikings two inconsequential scores.
Quarterback Jaxon Potter threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score to pace the Eagles to their third win in four tries. He 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). Potter connected with fellow junior Niko Lopez, Jalen Jones and Sam Caspino scores. Lopez now has a touchdown reception in all four games this season. Receiver Nick Gallegos finished with six catches for 47 yards. Justin Rivera led the rushing attack with 55 yards.
As good as Santa Margarita’s offense was, the defense was even mightier. It held Nolan to just 35 yards passing, notched 10 tackles-for-loss, forced one fumble and registered five quarterback sacks. The Eagles received sacks from Hero Kanu, LeVar Talley, Noah Sulick, Romen Christensen and Israel Solomon. Blake Wilson handled the kicking duties with perfection, hitting all four PATs and booting a 42-yard field goal in the first half.
It can be said that this was easily the best overall performance by the Eagles this season and the signature win of Coach Anthony Rouzier’s early stint at the helm.
The Eagles are now 4-5 all-time versus out-of-state opponents. They had lost five in succession in that category. Prior to this, SMC had never won against an out-of-state opponent in games played in California -- at home or on a neutral field. Overall, their last victory was in 2012 at Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Arizona) in the only nationally televised game in school history (ESPN).
- Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Wilson
- Offensive Player of the Week: Eagles Defensive Line
- Defensive Player of the Week: Eagles Offensive Line
Most Current Poll Rankings
MaxPreps.com - State: 18 / Southern Section: 14
Calpreps.com - State: 18 / Southern Section: 14
Calhisports.com - State: 22
Yahoo.com / Los Angeles Times - Southland: 8
Orange County Register - 5 (As of 09/07)
Dan Albano (ocvarsity.com) - 6 (As of 09/07)
High School Football America - State: 19 (As of 09/07)
Compiled and edited by Chuck Nan. Game and historical statistics by Shane Mielke