1990 marked the first year in the schools history that the football team fielded seniors on a varsity squad. The 17 original seniors of the charter class repeated the undefeated regular season record that they posted as freshman together. The team recorded four shutouts and allowed less than eight points a game. Mike Farris led the defense along with Jason Ortiz, Ryan Mummert, Eric Brown, David Shearer and Ryan Zalta. The offense featured running back Josh Ireland and quarterback Trevor Yankoff giving the Eagles a balanced attack. The Eagles advanced to the Semi-finals of the CIF Division IV playoffs losing to the Baldwin Park Braves 7-13 and finishing the year at 12-1.
9 Eagles Commit
Congratulations to OL Ryan Mummert (New Mexico), DB Eric Brown (Navy), WR David Shearer (Dartmouth), QB Trevor Yankoff (Brown), DL Andy Sulick (Carroll), OL Shane Mielke (UC Davis), OL John Byszewski (Saddleback JC), TE Pat Keane (Carroll), and FB Sergio Muniz (Claremont) from the class of 1991 who have committed to play football at the next level.
All College Athletes
Ryan Mummert plays in the OC All-Star Game
OL Ryan Mummert is the first Eagle to ever play in the Orange County All-Star Game. In its 32nd year, the game annually features the top 72 graduated football players in Orange County.
Ryan Mummert named #25 top recruit in OC
The Orange County Register named OL Ryan Mummert #25 in an article on the Top 25 Football Recruits in Orange County. Mummert recently commited to play at the University of New Mexico. He is the first Santa Margarita Football player to receive a scholarship.
Trevor Yankoff named All-County
QB/P Trevor Yankoff is the first Eagle to ever be named All-County. Yankoff had the second-highest yards-per punt average among the more than 400 teams in the CIF Southern Section. He averaged 43 yards per punt (18 punts, 774 yards). Yankoff had fewer punts than the other top 10 punters in the section, and he was at least partially responsible for that. As the Eagles' starting quarterback, Yankoff directed an offense successful enough not to require his talents too often.
3 Eagles earn All-CIF Division IV
LB Mike Farris, RB Josh Ireland, and QB Trevor Yankoff earned All-CIF Division IV recognition.
Baldwin Park 13 - Eagles 7
Unseeded Baldwin Park parlayed two huge breaks and a smothering defense into a 13-7 upset of fourth-seeded and previously undefeated Santa Margarita in a CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinal game at Saddleback College.
Eagles 24 - Bell Gardens 14
Bell Gardens had the best offensive threat in fullback Alfred Zamudio, but his driving runs weren't enough to overcome Santa Margarita's balanced attack and big-play ability as the Eagles won, 24-14, in the second round of the Division IV playoffs Friday night.
Santa Margarita has winning formula
Santa Margarita High is situated at the foot of the Santa Ana Mountains, in the shadow of the peaks that dominate the local geography. It seems that the school's athletic program soon might dominate the local high school sports scene in a similar way.
Eagles 17 - Claremont 14
Santa Margarita junior running back Josh Ireland's 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter tied the game and Travis Lucero's 24-yard field goal with 6:38 left in the game proved to be the difference.
Eagles sent to Division IV
The committee made the Eagles the fourth seed in division IV, pitting them against teams from the Ivy, Baseline, Whitmont, Sierra and Valle Vista Leagues. Santa Margarita will play host to Claremont Friday at Saddleback College.
Santa Margarita awaits its fate
Santa Margarita is a sure bet to win an at-large berth today when pairings for the 1990 Southern Section playoffs are announced. Where the 10-0 Eagles are placed, however, is anyone's bet.
Eagles 33 - Warren 6
Sparked by Hartigan's halftime words, Ireland ignited Santa Margarita with two quick touchdowns in the third quarter as the Eagles beat Warren of Downey, 33-6, before an estimated crowd of 800 at Orange Coast College.
Eagles 35 - San Luis Obispo 31
Josh Ireland’s three-yard run with 1:56 left in the game gave Santa Margarita a 35-31 victory over San Luis Obispo in front of 1,000 fans Friday at Saddleback College Field. Santa Margarita (9-0) scored 28 second-half points to earn the non-league victory.
Some teams get misty-eyed over football
The Orange County Register discusses the Brawley game last Friday at Saddleback College where a fog bank rolled into the stadium, obstructing the view of participants and players alike.
Eagles 21 - Brawley 0
Santa Margarita improved to 8-0 with a 21-0 victory over Brawley on Friday night in a game that was called because of heavy fog with just over a minute to play in the first half.
On the road again
Steve Fryer and the Orange County Register chronicles the Eagles's nightmarish road trip when it traveled North to play Santa Maria last Friday at 7:30 pm.
Eagles 20 - Santa Maria 12
Trevor Yankoff scored on a 5 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lead undefeated Santa Margarita past Santa Maria, 20-12, in a non-league game Friday at Santa Maria.
Eagles 34 - Gahr 0
The Eagles recorded their third shutout of the season and improved to 6-0 Thursday night with a 34-0 non-league victory over host Gahr.
Eagles 17 - Pasadena 7
The Eagles used their most balanced offensive attack of the season and a tenacious defense to defeat Division II Pasadena, 17-7, Friday before an estimated crowd of 1,000 at Saddleback College.
Eagles 37 - Valley Christian 0
The Eagle defense forced five turnovers, including three in the first quarter when Santa Margarita took a 10-0 lead. Quarterback Trevor Yankoff completed 14 of 28 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles.
Eagles 35 - Banning 6
Josh Ireland rushed for a school-record 242 yards, scored three touchdowns and passed for another to lead Santa Margarita past Banning, 35-6, in a non-league game Friday at Banning.
Eagles 24 - University 21
Travis Lucero kicked a 24-yard field goal as time ran out to lift Santa Margarita a wild 24-21 non-league victory over University before 1,500 at Saddleback College.
Eagles 27 - Rancho Bernardo 0
Santa Margarita opened its second varsity season with a 27-0 victory over Rancho Bernardo on Friday at Saddleback College behind big games from quarterback Trevor Yankoff and tailback Josh Ireland.
Finally coming of age
The Eagles begin their second season of varsity football, but the team, like the school itself, will have seniors for the first time. The team was successful last year, going 8-4 and reaching the second round of the playoffs.
Eagles to work freelance
The Eagles are playing a freelance schedule for football after the school was placed in the Angelus League last spring. The school felt - and the CIF council agreed – a school fielding its first senior class wasn't ready for the rigors of playing in a Division I league for football.