St. John Bosco 42 - Eagles 7
St. John Bosco entered the game ranked #9 in the Nation and #2 in California. QB John Gazzaniga was 11/30 passing for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Sean Embree caught 5 passes for 43 yards and 1 touchdown. TE Kyle Brody caught 3 passes for 26 yards. RB Skylar Lendey rushed 10 times for 22 yards. Defensively DB Mason Reyes led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo, 2 asst). LB Gage Burnett had 7 tackles (3 solo, 4 asst). LB Noah Sulick had 7 tackles (2 solo, 5 asst). DB Trey Brown had 3 solo tackles and 1 interception
Eagles 42 - Leuzinger 7
QB John Gazzaniga was 10/17 passing for 151 yards and 2TDs. WR Trent Mosley caught 9 passes for 94 yards and 2 TDs and ran 4 times for 19 yards and 1 TD. RB Skylar Lendey rushed 10 times for 51 yards and 1 TD. RB Elijah Robinson rushed 4 times for 19 yards and 1TD and caught 2 passes for 44 yards and 1 TD. Defensively LB Noah Sulick had 9 tackles (5 solo, 5 asst) and 1 forced fumble. LB Gage Burnett had 7 tackles. DB Logan Hirou had 5 tackles and 1 interception which he returned for a Touchddown.
Brett Neilon '17 Rimington Finalist
Following the 2022 season, USC center and Team Captain Brett Neilon '17 was named a one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's best center. Brett appeared in 47 games (starting 42) in his career with the USC Trojans. In 2022 he was a First-team All-American. In 2021 he was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Pro Football Focus All-Pac-12 first team. He also won USC’s Co-John McKay Award.
Carson Palmer - College Football HOF
Congratulations to 1998 Santa Margarita graduate Carson Palmer for being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The winner of the 2002 Heisman Trophy, Carson Palmer helped ushered in a new era of dominance at USC and finished his career as the Pac-10's all-time leading passer. At Santa Margarita Carson led the Eagles to 2 CIF-SS championships and the 1997 California Division II State Championship.
* SMCHS competes in the Trinity League which is ranked as the toughest High School Football league in America.