2001 EAGLES

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2002 Commitments - QB Marshall Tharpe (Colorado St.), OL John Finneran (Villanova), OL Spencer Hollison (Washington St.), DL Michael Leiter (Colorado St.) are the first four Eagles of the class of 2002 to verbally commit to play college football.

All-Serra League Players were voted on at the end of the season and 12 Eagles were honored with 1st Team Honors.

Los Alamitos 29 - Eagles 20
The Eagles outgained the Griffins on offense 424-398 but only scored once in the first half. RB Ashton White ran 28 times for 164 yards. QB Marshall Tharpe was 17/29 and 240 yards passing and 2 TDs. WR Bobby Whithorne made 7 catches for 140 yards and 1 TD. Congratulations Eagles on another great season, making the 2nd round of the playoffs and winning back-to-back Serra League Titles.
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Eagles 43 - Rialto 30
The Eagles won their First Division 1 playoff game as RB Ashton White rushed 33 times for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. On Special Teams, Cole DeVitis blocked two punts, one of which led to a scoop and score by Joe Ramsey. Cole DeVitis once again earned Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Game honors as he led the charge with 13 tackles while Trevor Zinn and Jack Meehan collected 11 and Brad Dillahunty added 10. DE Mike Leiter continued his dominating ways by collecting his 13th sack on the season.
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Eagles 16 - Servite 16
Servite kicker Mike Lawrence's 30-yard field goal with 0:09 left capped an 80-yard drive over the final 5:43 to give the Friars a controversial 16-16 tie with Santa Margarita before 5,500 at Saddleback College. The tie brought the Eagles' regular season record to 7-1-2 while the Friars finished off their year at 5-4-1.
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Eagles 33 - Mater Dei 19
Santa Margarita used 215 yards rushing from Ashton White, forced three turnovers and recorded six sacks in soundly defeating the Mater Dei Monarchs 33-19 before more than 7,000 fans at the Santa Ana Bowl. The win over the Monarchs was the second in a row by the Eagles over their league rival and moved them into sole possession of first place in the Serra League with a 7-1-1, 2-0 mark. The loss marked the first time Mater Dei had lost to the same Orange County team two years in a row since the 1980's and dropped them to 5-4, 1-1 with one game left in the regular season.
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Eagles 35 - St. John Bosco 17
Santa Margarita opened Serra League play with an impressive 35-17 win over the St. John Bosco Braves before 4,000 fans at St. John Bosco High School. Ashton White led the charge earning offensive, defensive and special teams Player of the Game honors with one of the greatest individual performances in Eagle history as the junior standout rushed 32 times for 283 yards and scored four touchdowns, registered a team-high 12 tackles, forced a fumble that thwarted a Brave scoring chance and set up a score with a career-long 29-yard punt return. The carries and yardage totals were career highs and the four touchdowns tied the school record. The win improved the Eagles to 6-1-1, 1-0, while the Braves dropped to 5-3, 0-1.
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Eagles 21 - Loyola 14
Santa Margarita forced three turnovers and blocked a punt, and Marshall Tharpe threw two touchdown passes as the Eagles registered an impressive 21-14 win over the previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Loyola Cubs before a capacity crowd of 5,000 at Saddleback College. The win improved the Eagles record to 5-1-1, and marked the third time in ten games that they have defeated a benchmark Division I program 21-14, while the Cubs fell to 5-1.
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Eagles 28 - St. Paul 14
Ashton White posted career highs with 30 carries for 171 yards and scored two touchdowns, while QB Marshall Tharpe ran for two touchdowns himself as the Eagles used an effective ball control attack to defeat St. Paul 28-14 before 3,000 at Monsignor Cranham Stadium, aka "The Pit". The win improved Santa Margarita's record to 4-1-1 on the year, and marked the third win against no losses on the road vs. Division I teams in 2001. With the loss, the Swordsmen fell to 3-2.
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Eagles 33 - Tustin 36
The Eagles bounced back from a 17-point third quarter deficit and were holding on to a late 33-29 lead; however, Richard Rowland's fifth Td with only 1:59 left, and two costly Eagle fumbles in the final moments allowed the Tustin Tillers to hold on for an exciting 36-33 win over the Eagles before an emotional 4,500 fans at Saddleback College. The loss dropped Santa Margarita to 3-1-1 while Tustin improved to 3-2.
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Eagles 44 - Norco 22
The Eagles used a balanced attack and scored early and often in registering season-highs for yards and points in posting an impressive 41-22 win over previously unbeaten Norco (2-1) before a raucous homecoming crowd of over 6,000 at Saddleback College. The win moved Santa Margarita's record to 3-0-1 heading into their showdown with Tustin.
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Eagles 28 - Lakewood 13
Marshall Tharpe threw four touchdown passes, including two to Ashton White, as the Eagles overcame five turnovers to post a workmanlike 28-13 win over the Lakewood Lancers before 3,000 in a non-league contest at John Ford Stadium on the campus of Lakewood High School. The win improved the Eagles to 2-0-1 and not only gave the Eagles important momentum heading into a homecoming battle with Norco, but demonstrated for the second consecutive week that the Eagles can beat Division I teams on the road.
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Eagles 21 - Los Alamitos 14
Ashton White rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, including the go ahead score with 10:42 remaining, then forced a fumble and recovered it on the Eagle 7 with only 1:20 left to lead the 21st ranked Santa Margarita Eagles to an emotional 21-14 win over the Los Alamitos Griffins (1-1) at Long Beach Veteran's Stadium. The win avenged last years 21-14 loss to the Griffins, which coincidently also ended with the losing team deep inside the opponents territory, and improved the Eagles record to 1-0-1.
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Eagles 21 - Ayala 21
Marshall Tharpe's two-point conversion run on the heels of Ashton White's five-yard Td jaunt with 4:23 left in the game helped the Eagles post a 21-21 tie with the Ayala Bulldogs before an estimated 4,000 at Cal State Fullerton. The tie with Ayala, ranked No. 4 in Division II, not only extended the Eagles Week 1 unbeaten streak to seven games, but marked the second year in a row that the Eagles opened up at Cal State Fullerton against the Bulldogs and found themselves down early before coming back and avoiding defeat. Last year, the Eagles rallied from a 17-0 deficit to win 22-17.
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Eagles win the 2001 Stanford Passing League Tournament! The Varsity went 6-1 losing their first game of the day but then dominated the rest of the tournament. Over the course of the tournament they also beat last year's champion Oak Grove. The JV team was the only JV team entered into the tournament and also dominated finishing 3rd in the tournament and 5-1 against all varsity teams.