8 Eagles Commit
Congratulations to DL Brian Berg (UCLA), OL Chris Carney (Dartmouth), QB Kevin McNeil (Saddleback JC), WR Matt Nickels (Dartmouth), S Gregg Pichler (Western Washington), K Jeff Zaist (UNLV), DB David Munoz (Saddleback JC), and OL Brandon Sanchez (DePauw) from the class of 1996 who have committed to play football at the next level.
All College Athletes
3 Eagles to play in the OC All-Star Game
QB Chris Collins, DL Brian Berg, and WR Matt Nickels were 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.
Brian Berg named All-CIF & All-COUNTY
Brian Berg accounted for 47 tackles (25 solo, 22 asst), 2 Forced Fumbles and 3.5 sacks during the Regular Season. In the playoffs he racked up 9 tackles (4 solo, 5 asst) and 1.5 sacks.
All-CIF Eagles - All-County Eagles
8 Eagles named All-Sea View League
DL Brian Berg, QB Chris Collins, RB Billy Newman, WR Matt Nickels, and DB Gregg Pichler were named 1st Team All-Sea View League. TE Eric Brown, DL Matt Baier, and DB Billy O'Connor made the 2nd Team.
Western 25 - Eagles 10
Western High School continued its dream season with a 25-10 second round victory over SM to remain undefeated in its quest for a CIF title. The second half did in the Eagles as the Pioneers scored 19 unanswered points for the win. Senior Mike Mueller was a big reason. He scored early on a 56-yard run and returned a punt 42 yards to set up the go-ahead score. He also had a kickoff of 60 yards and finished the night with 83 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Eagles only score was on a double pass. Chris Collins threw to Craig Harrison who found Matt Nickels open for a 76-yard touchdown. The Eagle had over 400 yards in offense, but four turnovers was the difference.
Eagles 42 - Tustin 22
In the first round of the CIF Division V playoffs, Santa Margarita raced to a 44-22 victory in a game that was never close. The Eagles had a 28-0 halftime lead, and lead 35-0 when Tustin finally mounted a charge. Chris Collins set up the first score with a 52-yard run on a quarterback draw. David Munoz scored the first of his two touchdowns and the rout was on. Collins was near perfect, completing seven of eight passes and two touchdowns. The defense put the clamps on the Tiller running game, which gave the offense plenty of opportunities. Tustin's only scoring came against the reserves in the fourth quarter.
Eagles 34 - Newport Harbor 21
The playoffs were on the line for both teams in week ten. A win for either team would mean an automatic playoff spot. A loss meant for either was the end of the season. The Eagles looked a little sluggish in the first quarter, but exploded for 26 points in the second behind two scores each by Damien Minna and Eric Brown. The Sailors came out in the second half with a score to cut the lead to 26-14, but Chris Collins hit Billy O'Connor from 11-yards out to give SM a 34-14 advantage. Newport scored late in the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but the Eagles held on easily to advance to the CIF playoffs. The win qualified the Eagles as the third place representative.
Corona del Mar 18 - Eagles 17
It seemed to be one of those nights and it happened to come against a team the Eagles have trouble beating. On the first and last plays of the game, the Eagles were unfortunate and it cost them their second straight loss. An opening play fumble got the Eagles off to a rough start. The Eagles mounted a drive from the 13-yard line behind 18-17. Chris Collins was instrumental in taking SM to the Sea King 9-yard line. SM faced three fourth down situations and converted to keep their hopes alive. However, with only two seconds remaining on the clock, Jeff Zaist's 26-yard field goal attempt went wide right as time expired.
El Toro 20 - Eagles 14
The stage was set. Homecoming, 8,000 fans, and two teams with 2-0 records in league. With all the pregame hype, the Eagle and Chargers did not disappoint the overflow crowd. El Toro came into the game with a 37.4 scoring average, but the Eagle defense stepped up to force a defensive battle throughout the contest. SM held a 7-3 halftime lead, but saw that fall after Merle Sango ran 19 yards to give the Chargers a 10-7 lead. The Eagles responded with an 88-yard drive capped by Chris Collins' 1-yard run. The Chargers scored the final 10 points in the fourth quarter, however, to win 20-14.
Eagles 41 - Woodbridge 10
It didn't take long for the Eagles dismantle the Warriors in week two of the Sea View League, as SM jumped to a 34-3 halftime lead. Billy Newman led the charge with 118 yards and three touchdowns, while Chris Collins threw for 126 yards and another score. The reserves and JV team took over in the second half and held their own against the Woodbridge Varsity. The JV offense scored on a counter run by Jimmy Lopez after Jesse Wyatt intercepted a pass to set up the score. With a showdown verses top ranked El Toro ahead of the Eagles, the squad took care of business early to get some needed rest for the starters.
Eagles 17 - Irvine 14
In the past the Santa Margarita-Irvine game has been one of the best games of the season, and the 1995 version could have been the best of all. With both defenses flexing their muscles all night, the Eagles managed to take a 7-0 lead into halftime. While the Vaqueros were keeping the Eagles' passing attack in check, Billy Newman took up the slack and rushed for 159 yards and one score. His biggest play came on a 4th and 12 when he picked up 14 yards on a dump pass. This set up Jeff Zaist's 46-yard field goal as time expired. The defense also held Irvine on a 3rd and 1 and a 4th and 1 from the 5 yard line.
Fountain Valley 28 - Eagles 27
In what was one of the most exciting games in SM history, the Barons and Eagles combined for 55 points and 638 yards. Fountain Valley struck first and did it quickly. They returned the opening kickoff past the 50 and scored three plays later. The Eagles countered when Chris Collins hit Brett Crowder from 34 yards out to tie the score. The Barons returned the favor right away to go up, 14-7. As the defense settled down in the second quarter, the offense scored twice to go ahead 21-14 at halftime. That lead would be lost quickly, but Matt Baier's interception return for six gave the Eagles a 27-21 edge.Fountain Valley, however, was able to score late in the game to win.
Eagles 28 - St. Augustine 6
The Eagles wasted little time in dismantling the Saints. On the opening drive SM went 80 yards in 13 plays behind Billy Newman. Newman's 14-yard scoring run would be the first of four touchdowns for the junior, which tied a school record set by Josh Ireland in 1991. Newman scored on the second drive after the defense stuffed St. Augustine's initial series. The Saints were limited to 83 total yards, while only managing a score late in the game. The Eagles were silent in the second quarter, but Newman scored one play after Matt Nickels returned a punt 49 yards for a school record. The Eagles 4-0 record would pit them against Fountain Valley at 3-1.
Eagles 37 - Huntington Beach 16
Game three had the same results as the first two games of the season, but the Eagles found themselves in a battle with a physical Oiler team. The Division I team took an 8-7 halftime lead in a defensive struggle, but the Eagles came out and aired it out to score the final 22 points in the second half. Matt Nickels again had a huge game with 111 yards on 7 receptions and 1 score. Billy Newman again led all rushers with 91 yards, while Chris Collins had 2 rushing scores and 2 TD passes. The defense held the Oilers in check, limiting them to a 33% passing average for only 81 yards. The win put the Eagles at 3-0 against teams in divisions above them.
Eagles 41 - Glendora 6
The two previous games between the Tartans and the Eagles proved to be no contest on the field. In 1992 Santa Margarita defeated Glendora, 28-6, in the first round of the playoffs. Two years ago, the Tartans returned the favor with a 21-0 win, only to later forfeit the game. The Eagle continued to keep the match a laugher, building on a 20-0 halftime lead behind Craig Harrison's passing and Billy Newman's running. The defense again proved stingy, keeping the Glendora total under 200 yards. Their only score came late in the game with SM ahead 34-0. Matt Nickels had a big night with 5 receptions for 129 yards and a score, 5 tackles, and an interception. He scored in the fourth quarter on a 62 pass play from Chris Collins.
Eagles 20 - Trabuco Hills 0
It didn't take the Eagles long to establish some confidence in the season opener. The defense held tight on the opening drive, and the offense went 71 yards in nine plays, capped by Newman's 14-yard scoring run, to get the 1995 season going strong. The Eagles scored all 20 points in the first half, as the defense continued to riddle the Mustangs. The second touchdown was set up by the special teams, which turned a poor punt snap into great field position for the offense. The Eagles recorded three sacks, one fumble recovery, and an interception to add to the Mustang's blues. Newman finished with 100 yards rushing on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
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