Eagles 31 - Alemany 10
MISSION VIEJO, CA., October 20, 2000 – Tyler Thompson rushed for a career-high 213 yards and two touchdowns and Mat Dlugolecki threw two touchdown passes to lead the Eagles to a commanding 31-10 win over the Alemany Indians before a homecoming crowd of 4,500 at Saddleback College. The win improved the Eagles to 5-2 heading into Serra League play, and avenged last seasons 42-28 loss at the hands on the Indians. With the loss Alemany fell to 2-5. The Eagles wasted little time in building a quick lead as Thompson returned the opening kickoff 53 yards to the Indian 47. The senior captain then carried the ball on five consecutive plays and scored on a one-yard run only 2:15 into the game to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. On Alemany's third offensive play, Trevor Zinn stripped an Alemany back of the ball to set the Eagles up at the Alemany 31; however, the Eagles could not capitalize and surrendered the ball on downs. After forcing the Indians to punt, the Eagles went on a six-play 79-yard drive highlighted by a 64-yard run by Thompson and capped by his second touchdown run of the game - this one from nine yards out - to increase the lead to 14-0 with 1:16 left in the first quarter.
After forcing another punt, Santa Margarita went on a seven-play 88-yard drive and went up 21-0 when Matt Dlugolecki (eight of 14 for 104 yards) found Johnnie Walker on an 11-yard scoring pass at the 9:33 mark of the second quarter. The Indians rebounded by putting together a nice drive of their own going 91 yards on eight plays and scoring on a 35-yard scoring pass from A.J. Anthony to Chris Rodela with 6:22 left in the half. On the Eagles next drive Thompson rushed for 62 yards on six consecutive carries before Dlugolecki found Tom Cappelletti (four receptions 56 yards) on a 28-yard touchdown pass at the 3:07 mark. Sophomore kicker Jeff Ferrier, filling in for Curtis Cooper, closed out the first-half scoring with a 35-yard field goal with 0:04 left. At this point the Eagles had outgained the Indians 344-107 and held them to five first downs. The second half was played almost exclusively with reserves by the Eagles and junior QB Marshall Tharpe stood out by completing four of five second half passes for 62 yards. All told the Eagles gained a season-high 319 yards rushing and 485 total yards and limited the Indians to only 236. Defensively 22 players recorded at least one tackle led by Matt Vogels six and Cappelletti's five.
By Adrian Peters
Sports Information Director