4 Eagles Commit
Congratulations to WR Brad Finneran (Villanova), WR Brian Finneran (Villanova) , DB Derek Yankoff (Harvard), and OL Robert Craven (New Mexico) from the class of 1994 who have committed to play football at the next level.
All College Athletes
Brian Finneran selected For the OC All-Star Game
WR Brian Finneran was chosen to play for the South Team in the annual Orange County All-Star Game. The game annually features the top 72 graduated football players in Orange County.
2 Eagles named All-County
WR Brad Finneran, and WR Brian Finneran were both named 1st Team All-Orange County by the LA Times.
2 Eagles earn All-CIF
WR Brad Finneran, and WR Brian Finneran have repeated as All-CIF.
7 Eagles named All-Sea View League
OL Frank Brenes, LB Chris Collins, WR Brad Finneran, WR Brian Finneran, DL Rik Glover, and QB Derek Yankoff were named 1st Team All-Sea View League. OL Kris Farris was named 2nd Team.
Damien 25 - Eagles 20
Santa Margarita went into the playoffs with a perfect first round record, but ran into a physical Damien team. The game turned into a see-saw battle, but it was the Spartans who finished on top at the end, 25-20. Brian Finneran ended with 14 catches to become OC's all-time receiver.
Eagles 19 - Newport Harbor 0
In the biggest game of the year for both teams, the Eagles saved their best for last against Newport Harbor The Eagles started quickly on both sides of the ball and went on to post a 19-0 win to clinch the third spot in the Sea View League. Offensively, Derek Yankoff rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. He threw for 275 yards and two scores of 56 and 60 yards to Brian Finneran.
Eagles 21 - Tustin 16
Eagles 35 - Saddleback 7
For the second straight week the Eagles had a big first half, but against Tustin they barely had enough to survive. After taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdowns by Chris Collins and Brad Finneran, the Eagles allowed Tustin to get back in the game. Offensively, Chris Collins had 154 yards on 21 carries to spark the Eagles. SM had 11 first downs in the first half and could only manage one after that.
Santa Margarita's offense scored at will and the defense added a touchdown of their own as the Eagles jumped to a 28-0 first half lead en route to a 35-14 win. Rik Glover had a tremendous game at nose guard, recording two sacks and 11 tackles. Brad Finneran also had an interception, his seventh of the season.
Irvine 29 - Eagles 26
For the second consecutive year the Santa Margarita-Irvine game had plenty of action with a similar result-an Irvine victory. The 29-26 loss put the Eagles (5-2, 2-2) in a desperate situation to earn a playoff spot in the grueling Sea View League.
Eagles 28 - University 7
The Eagles came into their Homecoming game sporting a new look all around. The home jerseys were gold, the defense had seven new starters and the offense was able to run at will in the 28-7 victory. The defense held University to less than 200 yards of total offense, improving their record to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in league. Yankoff finished with 53 yards rushing and 149 yards passing, and Brian Finneran had six receptions for 45 yards.
Corona del Mar 14 - Eagles 7
The roof caved in on the Eagles in their second league game due to three turnovers and 15 penalties for 134 yards. The Sea Kings took advantage of the miscues and went 80 yards late in the fourth quarter to win, 14-7.
Eagles 14 - Woodbridge 0
In the Sea View League opener the Eagles face undefeated Woodbridge, and the defense turned in one of the finest games in SM history for a 14-0 win. Both offenses struggled throughout the game, but two interceptions by Brad Finneran and three fumble recoveries led to second two second quarter touchdowns. The Eagles (4-0,1-0) moved to eighth in the OC Football Poll with the win.
Eagles 42 - Buena Park 21
The Eagles(3-0) tuned up for the Sea View League with a 42-21 win over Buena Park in another wild game. The defense scored twice on Louie Warner's 27-yard interception return in the second quarter, and on Brian Finneran's 63-yard fumble return in the final quarter for the clinching score.
Eagles 24 - Notre Dame 10
Behind a tough defense and Derek Yankoff's two touchdown runs, SM defeated Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, 24-10. The defense was led by Mike DeFries, who had five tackles and two sacks, and Brad Finneran with seven tackles and an interception to set up a touchdown. The Eagles added a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Korinke in the fourth quarter to cushion their lead.
Eagles 35 - St. John Bosco 32
In the season opener the Eagles traveled to Bellflower to face Division I foe, St. John Bosco. It was a wild game from the start as Santa Margarita scored early on a 33-yard pass from Derek Yankoff to Brian Finneran. With less than four minutes left in the game, Yankoff engineered a final drive. He connected with Brad Finneran on an 11-yard pass to put the Eagles ahead, 33-32. Yankoff's run on the PAT gave the Eagles the 35-32 margin.