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Athlete of the Week (State & Orange County)

Initially Compiled by Chuck Nan in 2017. This is our first attempt to retroactively chronicle SMCHS Football State & Orange County athletes of the Week.

CAL-HI SPORTS
Nov. 27,
1998

Spencer McCroskey - RB/DB (Sr.)
The senior running back and defensive back did the job on both sides of the ball as Santa Margarita won over Tustin. On offense, McCroskey rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown. On defense he registered an amazing 21 tackles. He was named the team (internal award) Offensive and Defensive “Player of the Game.” His 131 yards rushing also put him over the 1,000-yard threshold for the season.

Sept. 7,
2012

Johnny Stanton - QB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - It was an interesting scene for the Eagles in their 55-0 win over Trabuco Hills two weeks ago as Stanton not only completed 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 325 yards and three scores but he rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The Nebraska commit played in front of a crowd full of Nebraska fans and media, who were in town for the Cornhuskers’ game the next day against UCLA.

Sept. 14,
2012

Ryan Wolpin - RB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - During the Eagles’ 72-0 win over Carson, Wolpin set the school record for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a game, according to team SID Adrian Peters. Wolpin carried the ball 16 times for 173 yards and six scores.

Nov. 9,
2012

Ryan Wolpin - RB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - In the week’s top game for matching state-ranked teams, Wolpin’s rushing was the key for the No. 12 Eagles in their 38-13 win over No. 23 El Toro in the Southern Section Playoffs. Wolpin racked up 218 yards and two scores on 26 carries and hopes for similar success in this week’s showdown with St. Bonaventure.

Sept. 6,
2013

Kyle Sweet - WR (Jr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - Sweet set three school receiving records in a controversial 34-31 double overtime loss to national power Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. The junior hauled in a touchdown reception from quarterback K.J. Costello for 95 yards and caught a total of 13 passes for 294 yards. The yardage total earned Sweet a place in the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book, but it can’t change a blown call by a referee. A 24-yard pass to Grant Clancy in overtime was ruled an incomplete pass by referee Bob Yoakum after another official signaled it a touchdown. It was ruled incomplete, although video showed it should have been ruled a touchdown. Yoakum sent an apologetic email to coach Harry Welch that the veteran coach applauded. Costello, a sophomore, finished with 443 yards passing.

Aug. 29,
2014

Rick Wade - DE (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - A defensive end committed to UCLA, Wade had 13 tackles and two sacks in Santa Margarita’s 26-21 win over Bishop Amat.

Sept. 5,
2014
K.J. Costello - QB (Jr.)
Southern California ”Offensive Player of the Week” - The well-built 6-4, 205-pounder has had an amazing start to the season and has set records in both games for the Eagles, which helped them become our highest ranked newcomer this week into our state rankings at No. 20 overall. During their 56-27 win against Santiago (Corona), Costello passed for 408 yards and four touchdowns. That helped Santa Margarita set a school record for yards in a game with 618, according to school SID Adrian Peters. Already this season, Costello also has set the school record for completions in a game with 27 the week before in Santa Margarita’s season opener. Costello happens to be one of the nation’s top junior quarterbacks.
Sept. 12,
2014

Kyle Sweet - WR (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - Sweet now owns Santa Margarita records for most catches and most yards in a game. He broke the record for receptions with 15 and had 201 yards and one touchdown in the 21-10 win over Dorsey (Los Angeles). Sweet had 294 yards in one game last year against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.

Sept. 19,
2014

Kyle Sweet - WR (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - With the Eagles down early and big, he still stayed focused during a 41-10 loss to nationally ranked Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. On the night, Sweet caught 10 passes for 199 yards.

Oct. 17,
2014

K.J. Costello - QB (Jr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - Breaking his own school record for passes completed in a game and also earning a spot in our Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book, Costello completed 34 of his 47 pass attempts for 495 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for two scores as the Eagles came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Orange Lutheran 42-41. Costello already has been ranked as one of the top quarterbacks among the Class of 2016 in the nation.

Kyle Sweet - WR (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - While K.J. Costello was setting all sorts of records throwing the football, it was this senior wideout Kyle Sweet that matched his own school record for receptions in a game with 15 for 235 yards and two touchdowns during the Eagles’ 42-41 win over Orange Lutheran.

Oct. 24,
2014

Grady Higgins - LB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week
OCVarsity’s “Defensive Player of the Week” had 12 tackles while forcing and recovering a fumble during the Eagles’ 22-17 win over Servite.

Sept. 4,
2015

K.J. Costello - QB (Sr.)
Dylan Crawford - WR (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - Costello to Crawford is a connection that fans should get used to hearing and seeing when following the Eagles this season. While Costello passed for 432 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-14 victory versus Santiago (Corona), Crawford was on the receiving end of six passes that gained 176 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Aug. 26,
2016

Malone Mataele - KR / DB (Jr.)
Southern California “Players of the Week” - Despite it coming in a losing effort by his team, Mataele’s performance was not a losing effort during Santa Margarita’s 48-21 loss to state No. 5 Mission Viejo. In fact, scoring two of the Eagles’ three touchdowns on the night while playing special teams against such a great foe is deserving of applause. Mataele scored those two touchdowns on kickoff returns, bringing one back 97 yards and another 94 yards. On defense, the junior two-way player also finished with eight total tackles and a pass deflection.

Sept. 2,
2016

Grant Calcaterra - WR (Sr.)
Richard Wagner - QB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - In the Eagles’ 37-7 win over Loyola, they bounced back from a loss to Mission Viejo thanks to huge totals from their WR-QB combo. Calcaterra, recruited as a tight end and committed to Oklahoma, tied a school record with three touchdown catches but even more impressively had 14 receptions for 292 yards. Wagner was reported a 11-for-11 at halftime with more than 200 yards. He threw some incompletions in the second half, but still ended 22-of-30 for 397 yards and three touchdowns.

Sept. 9,
2016

Trey Green - RB (Sr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week - Seeing all sorts of “green: in front of him when handed the football during a 48-35 win over Bishop Alemany, Green rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

Nov. 4,
2016

Chad Magyar - RB (Jr.)
State Stat Stars of the Week
Before the final game of the regular season, this junior’s season-high was 147 yards rushing in a game. In this contest, he easily surpassed that during a 49-24 win over Servite as he rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

Sept. 7,
2017
Dylan Brady - K (Sr.)
Southern California ”Special Teams Player of the Week”
Brady did it all in the kicking department as he accounted for 13 points in a romp over Bishop Alemany. He was 2-of-3 on field goal attempts, 7-of-8 on PAT conversions and 11-of-11 on kickoff touchbacks. Brady was successful on field goals from 47 and 55 yards. The 55 yard field goal was an all-time school record and the only one ever successful from 50-plus yards.
   
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Sept. 14,
1990

Josh Ireland - RB (Jr.)
Ireland was a one-man wrecking crew in the Eagles’ win over University (Irvine). He rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns (45 and 83 yards) and caught four passes for 71 yards and another score (8 yards).

Sept. 13,
1996

Billy Newman - RB (Sr.)
Rushed for 353 yards on 33 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 38-24 win over Trabuco Hills. Established new single-game school records for yards (old record 279 by Josh Ireland in 1991) and carries (old record 29 by Josh Ireland in 1991).

Nov. 21,
1997

John Minardi - WR / DB (Sr.)
In the first-round of the Southern Section Playoffs, Minardi, a team captain, had eight receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns against Katella. On defense, he was stellar too with four tackles and an interception he returned for a touchdown.

Nov. 2,
2001

Ashton White - RB (Jr.)
White had a career-high 33 carries for 215 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Eagles won 33-19 over Mater Dei. He also notched five tackles on defense. Also named Cox Communications “Player of the Game.”

Oct. 29,
2010

River Cracraft - WR / DB (So.)
Reiley Higgins - WR (Sr.)
Cracraft, just a sophomore, played a key role in the 42-41 overtime victory over St. John Bosco. Cracraft had six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also had four tackles on defense and an interception that he returned 34 yards to set up the go-ahead score for Santa Margarita with six minutes remaining. Higgins caught eight passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 9,
2011

Johnny Stanton - QB (Jr.)
Santa Margarita avenged a loss to Tesoro from the previous year, defeating the Titans 39-7 in the 2nd annual of the Rumble at the Ranch. Quarterback Johnny Stanton threw was 11-of-16 passing fore 225 yards and two touchdowns. The very versatile player also rushed for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Sept. 14,
2012

Ryan Wolpin - RB (Sr.)
Wolpin, a senior, finished the game with 174 yards rushing on 16 carries against Carson. He scored on runs of 9, 4, 11, 8, 35 and 50 yards to break a school record with six touchdowns in a single game.

Aug. 29,
2014

K.J. Costello - QB (Jr.)
Costello set a school single-game record for completions in the Eagles’ 26-21 win against Bishop Amat. He completed 27-of-43 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Santa Margarita has had some excellent quarterbacks in the past, including Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez and Johnny Stanton. Costello, a 6-foot-5 and 213 pound junior, has scholarship offers from Alabama, Michigan and several others.

Oct. 24,
2014

Grady Higgins - LB (Sr.)
The senior linebacker racked up 12 total tackles and forced and recovered a key fumble at his 22-yard line late in the third quarter to help lead the Eagles to a 22-17 victory against Servite. After this game, Higgins had 212 career tackles -- eleventh in school history -- and led the Eagles this season in sacks (3 1/2) and forced fumbles (two).

Sept. 4,
2015

K.J. Costello - QB (Sr.)
Costello completed 18-of-23 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 59-14 road win over Santiago (Corona). The 6-foot-5, 208-pound senior, who committed to Stanford, has completed 70 percent of his passes for 773 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions in two games.

Nov. 11,
2016

Caden Fitch - LB (Jr.)
The junior middle linebacker racked up a season-high 17 total tackles to help the Eagles defeat state-ranked Serra of Gardena, 27-14, in the first round of the Southern Section Playoffs.

   
LA TIMES
Sept. 14,
1990

Josh Ireland - RB (Jr.)
Ireland had a huge night on the ground against Irvine as he amassed 237 yards. The Eagles won by the slim margin of three points, 24-21 in their second game of the season.

Dec. 13,
1996

Billy Newman - RB (Sr.)
Newman rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 38-0 victory over Newport Harbor in the Southern Section Division V championship game.

Nov. 21,
1997

Carson Palmer - QB (Sr.)
Carson Palmer, who replaced starting quarterback Greg Orlando, and played only the second and third quarters, proceeded to complete 11-of-14 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles prevailed 45-7 over Katella in the Southern Section Playoffs. Palmer also the new all-time passing yards leader for Santa Margarita.

   
COX COMMUNICATIONS
Sept. 25,
1998

Spencer McCroskey - RB / DB (Sr.)
McCroskey has his best game as an Eagle at Dana Hills as he rushed for a career-high 147 yards on only 16 carries, and recorded 13 tackles to be named the teams’ Offensive and Defensive “Skill Player of the Game.” He was also honored as Cox Communications Player of the Game. The win was the twenty-eighth consecutive for Santa Margarita.

Nov. 2,
2001

Ashton White - RB (Jr.)
Versus Mater Dei, White rushed a career-high 33 times for 215 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also added five tackles to be named “Player of the Game.”

Nov. 16,
2001

Ashton White - RB (Jr.)
Against Rialto in the Southern Section Playoffs, White rushed 33 times for 254 yards and scored a total of 26 points including four touchdowns. His point total tied Josh Ireland’s school record and his touchdowns tied the mark he had already shared. His 254-yard game was the tenth 100-yard game of his career and seventh of the season. He was named “Player of the Game.”

Nov. 22,
2002

Dustin Slinkard - LB (Sr.)
Defensively, Dustin Slinkard earned “Player of the Game” honors with an outstanding performance in his last game as an Eagle as he collected 22 tackles against Esperanza in the Southern Section Playoffs. The tackle total is still one of the highest-ever in school history.

   
SOUTH COUNTY NEWS
Nov. 28,
1997

Carson Palmer - QB (Sr.)
In the Southern Section Playoffs, Palmer was 10-of-16 passing for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles’ prevailed over Servite. It was his eighth game of the season with two-or-more touchdown passes.

   
SADDLEBACK VALLEY NEWS
Nov. 27,
1998

Mike O’Gorman - WR (Sr.)
The senior receiver had five receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Southern Section playoff win over Tustin.