Eagles 18 - San Juan Hills 8

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA., August 19, 2022 – SMCHS took the field at “The Badlands” -- home of San Juan Hills -- for their 2022 season opener. The contest was the defacto “Game of the Week” in the county as it was dubbed so by the Orange County Register and broadcast on live television throughout many markets in the country. With a full house of over 2,600 strong, the Eagles found themselves in a dogfight as they couldn’t capitalize on several early opportunities and led only 5-0 at half.

The athleticism and skill of the Eagles was certainly on display as SMCHS fought back to prevail, 18-8. Jaxon Potter demonstrated his ability to be a real on the roll out, as he passed for 180 yards and hitting nearly 66.0 percent of his throws. He also scored a key touchdown with a sneak in the fourth quarter. Emmett Mosley’s skill to gain yards after the catch dazzled all as he made his first appearance for SMCHS and finished with nine receptions for 94 yards and a score. Skilled receivers Bain Eiseman and Niko Lopez proved to be deadly downfield for the opposition as they garnered long pass receptions of 35 and 36 yards respectively.

The SMCHS defense was at its best as it shutdown the Stallions with five sacks, 12 tackles for loss, one safety and one interception. San Juan’s quarterback, Michael Tollefson, one of their biggest offensive weapons, was limited to just 83 yards passing on six completions and 53 yards rushing on 15 carries. Three of the sackers included Noah Sulick, Ben Durham and Collins Acheampong. Durham also added the safety while Blake Wilson was credited with the pick. Wilson, a man of many skills, also punted for a 44.0-yard average, including a boot of 53 yards, and kicked a PAT. Perhaps the best defensive effort was turned in by Jacob Bower. The senior hybrid safety-linebacker contributed 16 total tackles (1 for loss), recovered a fumble, had one quarterback hurry and a half sack.

Santa Margarita 2 3 0 13 18
San Juan Hills 0 0 0 8 8

SM – Comestro Safety
SM – Schuster FG 42
SM – Potter 1 run (pass failed)
SJH – Bockler 5 pass from Tollefson (Land run)
SM – E. Mosley 19 pass from Potter (Schuster kick)

Compiled by Chuck Nan
Statistics by Shane Mielke