Santa Margarita Catholic won its second in a row with a dominating performance against one of the L.A. City Section’s most storied programs. The Eagles played in Carson, and delivered a workmanlike victory.
Score: Santa Margarita Catholic 49, Carson 6
Key Stats: Sophomore K.J. Costello completed nine of 11 passes for 104 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions; he had thrown nine interceptions going into the game. The TDs were to Rick Ellison for 41 yards, and Kyle Sweet for 23.
Pivotal Moment: Having lost a year ago, 72-0, Carson couldn’t afford to get behind early. But trailing by a touchdown early, a botched punt was recovered by the Eagles. Jeremy McNichols eventually scored from 9 yards and Santa Margarita was rolling, 14-0 and wouldn’t look back.
Records: Santa Margarita (2-2), Carson (0-3)
Notes: McNichols carried 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. … Matthew Mark rushed for 65 yards and three touchdowns, of 29, 1 and 10 yards. His first score gave the Eagles a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, his last made it 49-0 in the third quarter. … Rick Wade returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown. ... Santa Margarita led at halftime, 42-0. ... Santa Margarita is ranked No. 5 in the Orange County Top 10 poll. … Santa Margarita plays No. 7 Trabuco Hills next week.