After falling short against a couple of highly regarded private schools, Santa Margarita Catholic finally got into the win column on Friday against one of the outstanding public programs from the Los Angeles City Section. Sometimes, getting that first victory is all it takes to turn around a season.
Score: Santa Margarita 24, Los Angeles Dorsey 6
Key Stats: Santa Margarita’s Jeremy McNichols carried 22 times for 153 yards, providing a marked commitment from the Eagles to run the ball. In the first two games, McNichols carried 32 times for 181.
Pivotal Moment: On the season, Santa Margarita had been outscored in the second quarter, 21-0. Against Dorsey, K.J. Costello connected with Kyle Sweet on an 18-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead. For once, the Eagles owned the second quarter.
Records: Santa Margarita (1-2), Dorsey (1-1)Notes: Santa Margarita has never started the season with three consecutive losses, and avoided it again. ... K.J. Costello, coming off his school record-breaking performance of 443 yards against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, had a light night by comparison. Costello, a sophomore, was seven of 18 for 101 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. It’s a bit of a departure for the Eagles. In the first two games, Costello was 14 of 27 against Bishop Amat (2 TD, 5 int., 243 yards), and 24 of 42 against Bishop Gorman (4 TDs, 2 int., 443 yards). … Costello also rushed for a 3-yard score to go ahead, 21-0, in the third quarter. … Alex Ury added a 25-yard field goal that gave the Eagles a 24-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. … Jonathon LaBonty recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for the Eagles. … SMCHS will play at Carson (0-2) next week. Last year, the Eagles beat Carson, 72-0. Carson lost to Mater Dei, 33-0, on Friday. ... The game was played at Aliso Niguel High.