Mater Dei 56 - Eagles 3

SANTA ANA, CA., October 15, 2021 – Santa Margarita continued its three-game road gauntlet versus the Trinity League’s giants with a trip to the Santa Ana Bowl to face No. 1 Mater Dei. The Eagles opened the game with a tricky wrinkle, as they were successful with an onside kick. The drive stalled and SMCHS settled for a 32-yard field goal by Jonathan Connor Teasley. Although the Eagles committed just one turnover, the stifling Monarch defense extinguished any chance of igniting offensive consistency. Lavar Talley was the lone bright spot for SMCHS as he played an outstanding game on defense -- logging five tackles (four for loss) and three sacks. Hero Kanu also chipped in with a sack. Romen Christensen had six punts for a 41.0 average and a long of 57 yards, but pinning the Monarchs deep didn’t matter with their potent arsenal. The Eagles come home to Saddleback College now for two home games to finish out the regular season, first hosting No. 2 St. John Bosco and then Orange Lutheran. SMCHS would like to get at least one more win under their belt to ensure a berth in the CIF-SS playoffs, probably in Division 2.

Compiled by Chuck Nan
Statistics by Shane Mielke