Football: Video of Welch, Cracraft and O'Brien

Following Santa Margarita Catholic's 27-21 overtime loss to Ventura St. Bonaventure, key personnel put things into perspective.

St. Bonaventure, the top-seeded team in the Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs, avenged its only defeat of the season with a 27-21 second-round overtime victory over Santa Margarita.

The Seraphs (11-1) got four touchdowns from Zack Green, but nearly frittered away a 21-7 lead in the final minutes with some questionable play-calling (passing on first down?) with a chance to run out the clock.

Santa Margarita finished the season 9-3; the Eagles were 4-3 after losing starting quarterback Johnny Stanton for the season to a knee injury after the fifth game. At the time, SMCHS was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Stanton's final game was a 35-27 victory over St. Bonaventure.

The Eagles, the defending Pac-5 and State Division I Bowl champion, also overcame the transfer of three starters to second-seeded Mission Viejo (11-1), which coincidentally also lost on Friday to Long Beach Poly, 21-16.


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