Eagles 42 - Los Alamitos 21
MISSION VIEJO, CA., September 17, 2021 – On Homecoming Game night, as they took the field for the second half and trailing 14-0, Santa Margarita Catholic had a huge slope to maneuver to get back in the contest versus then No. 7 Los Alamitos. However, the Eagles came out energized and imposed their will on the Griffins. What transpired in the first five minutes of play was a complete shift of momentum as SMCHS scored three touchdowns to take a 21-14 advantage. In all, they would score on their first four offensive possessions and add a defensive score to stun the Griffins, 42-21 -- a homecoming to remember.
QB Jaxon Potter had his coming-out party, throwing four touchdown passes in that second stanza, two each to Niko Lopez and Jalen Jones. Both receivers made several spectacular catches on the night. Lopez has scored a touchdown in each of the Eagles’ first five games. The gritty play of the SMCHS offensive line rewarded Potter with sufficient time to find his open men. For Potter, it was a new career-high for touchdown passes in a single game.
The defense was led by Jacob Bower who intercepted all-everything quarterback Malachi Nelson twice and scooped up a fumble from his hands, as well, and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown. He also registered nine tackles (one for loss). Blake Wilson had an interception and Donovan Comestro contributed four pass defenses. This was, without a doubt, the biggest win for the program in some time. It was also the signature moment in new, young Head Coach Anthony Rouzier’s career. The Eagles have now won three-consecutive Homecoming Games and improved their all-time record to 20-10 (.667) with the victory.
Los Alamitos Game - Weekly Player Awards
- Special Teams Player of the Week: Taurian Nash
- Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Niko Lopez and Jake Foye
- Defensive Player of the Week: Jacob Bower
Most Current Poll Rankings
MaxPreps.com - Nation: 66 / State: 9 / Southern Section: 8 / County: 4
calpreps.com - State: 9 / Southern Section: 8 / County: 4
calhisports.com - State: 12 / Section: 8 / County: 4
Note: All six schools from the Trinity League are ranked in state top-50
yahoo.com / Los Angeles Times - Southland: 7
scorebooklive.com - State: 10 / Southern Section: 6 / County: 3
Orange County Register - County: 4
Dan Albano (ocvarsity.com) - County: 4
High School Football America - Nation: 113 / State: 8 / Section: 6 / County: 3
Compiled by Chuck Nan
Statistics by Shane Mielke