Eagles 38 - JSerra 13

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA., October 1, 2021 – The commencement of Trinity League season saw Santa Margarita Catholic make the short trip to San Juan Capistrano to take on rival JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano).The Eagles defeated the Lions 42-0 in the spring and were soaring high after their quality, upset win over No. 14 Los Alamitos. SMCHS came out sky high for this clash.

It was a party for the Eagle’s defense, at the Lion’s expense, as it forced five turnovers (including four interceptions) and recorded seven sacks in the 38-13 trouncing. Interceptions were collected by Israel Solomon, Romen Christiensen and Blake Wilson. Jacob Bower had another big game with an pick and two quarterback sacks. Highly touted recruit Hero Kanu had the best game of his prep career with 2 1/2 sacks, two tackles (both for loss), a blocked PAT and two quarterback hurries. Ryan Zolnick had one sack, as well.

Offensively, QB Jaxon Potter tossed a career-high 387 yards and three touchdowns. He also added one rushing score. This was the eighth-best passing yard effort in school history. Potter now has 1,971 yards passing and 17 touchdowns for the season. On the receiving end of the scores were Jalen Jones, Ian Grogan and Ty Benefield.

The Lions are 5-1 for the first time since 2015. In their five wins, they are a plus-117 in point differential (23.4 average) -- not scoring less than 31 in any of those victories. This is a short preparation week for a Thursday game versus Servite at Orange Coast College.

JSerra Catholic Game - Weekly Player Awards

  • Special Teams Player of the Week: Bain Eiseman
  • Offensive Players of the Week: Jalen Jones
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Entire Eagles Defense

Hero Kanu: Cal-Hi Sports (calhisports.com) - SoCal “Defensive Player of the Week” Nominee for Week 6 win vs. JSerra Catholic

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: 95 / State: 7 / Section: 5 / County: 3

Compiled by Chuck Nan
Statistics by Shane Mielke