Eagles 36 - Cougars 14

MISSION VIEJO, CA., August 26, 2022 – The Eagles settled into Saddleback College for their 2022 home opener last Friday. Their first game of the season at San Juan Hills saw the offense struggle to gain footing, for the most part, with timing and execution,. However, SMCHS was able to come away with the win. Last Friday’s game against Norco took on a much more positive complexion. The Eagles received just what they needed -- a contest with smoother execution and performance living up to their expectations. Quarterback Jaxon Potter and his talented receiving corps were in sync from the first series forward as the confident senior found connection with eight different receivers on the evening on his way to tossing a career tying four touchdown passes. Two were hauled in by the dynamic Niko Lopez and one each by Bain Eiseman and Sean Embree. For Embree it was his first-ever varsity game. Potter was 21-of-34 (61.8%) for 286 yards passing. Freshman running back Skylar Lendsey was impressive with 92 yards on seven carries (13.1 average) and a long of 53 yards.

The defense remained dominant as linebacker Jacob Bower was a man possessed with his second-straight game of 15+ tackles. He also had a sack and three tackles for loss. Bower, Collins Acheampong and LeVar Talley tabulated a total of three sacks between them. The secondary was in “lock down” mode as they held All-CIF-Southern Section receiver Grant Gray to just three catches and three net yards receiving.

The Eagles head to San Diego to face St. Augustine. The Saints (1-1) are in transition with a new coach and several of their key players from last year’s roster have transferred out. A Senior Night home game against Mullen of Denver comes up before a big contest versus Los Alamitos at Cerritos College to close out nonleague play en route to the Trinity League schedule.

Santa Margarita 14 9 7 6 36
Norco 0 7 0 7 14

SM – Embree 15 pass from Potter (Schuster kick)
SM – Lopez 28 pass from Potter (Schuster kick)
SM – Schuster FG 34
SM – Nash 16 run (Schuster kick blocked)
N – Ayers 4 run (Verdiell kick)
SM – Lopez 29 pass from Potter (Schuster kick)
SM – Eiseman 24 pass from Potter (Schuster failed)
N – Dudden 4 run (Verdiell kick)

Compiled by Chuck Nan
Statistics by Shane Mielke