Santa Margarita ROLLS (and I mean ROLLS!!!) to win the SMCHS Tournament (St. Paul loses in semis, Bishop Amat goes 1-5, falls to Yucaipa in consolation final) …

Special thanks to Santa Margarita Football SID Adrian J. Peters for this write up.

The Santa Margarita Eagles defeated the Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits 43-15 to win the SMCHS Passing Tournament on Saturday at Santa Margarita. The Eagles finished the tournament 6-0 and never allowed opponents to come within 28 points. Poly finished 5-1 after rolling through their bracket and posting a spirited 22-21 win over St. Paul in one Championship Bracket semi-final. Yucaipa defeated Bishop Amat 23-21 to win the consolation bracket. Yucaipa finished 3-3 while the Lancers were 1-5.

Paloma Valley, Saddleback Valley Christian and La Serna also participated in the event and the Eagles defeated Paloma Valley twice including a 42-12 win in the other semi-final.

Senior All-State QB Johnny Stanton completed 68% of his passes on the day including 25 touchdowns against only one interception. Backup QB Josh Canty added 9 TDs and only one pick to the cause and third stringer Kyle Sweet tossed another as the Eagles posted wins of 58-0, 34-6, 56-6, 49-2, 42-12 and 43-15.

Defensively the Eagles surrendered only six touchdown passes and a 48% completion rate.

Aram’s take: Santa Margarita is looking downright scary! Sure, it’s only passing games, but my goodness, what a level domination. Disappointing to see Amat went just 1-5. Passing games aren’t their thing, but I would love to see the Lancers get some positive momentum in the skill spots where they are replacing their leading passer, rusher and receiver from last season. And what can you say about upstart St. Paul? The Swordsmen suffered a tough loss to LB Poly in the semis. That’s pretty impressive. I like how it said “spirited” … musta been a little crazy out there.

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  • Whittier Area Fan

    Swordsmen were the only team to hold the Eagles under 40. Swordsmen were missing 3 starters in the secondary who were taking SAT’s today.

    SM is pretty impressive…..

  • Great Scott!

    SMCHS is going to have to play themselves out of an open state bowl bid this year. Seriously, so loaded. Hope they don’t tank it because I want to see them go wire-to-wire.

  • Great Scott!

    Good for the boys… but lets not even start making excuses for St. Paul.

  • SP v BA

    It’s only passing league but St. Paul looked very good versus Poly and Amat didn’t look up to par. St. Paul is the “sleeper team”. I keep hearing people say 3-7 with tough schedule but it looks more like 6-4 or 7-3. I cant wait for St. Paul versus Bishop Amat.


    Santa Margarita is the real deal. Give Long Beach Poly credit, they were good enough to beat us today. St. Paul were missing two main weapons on offense, a three year starting safety, and an all CIF corner on defense. We started a Freshmen at corner, he had two picks, gained some invaluable experience against some of the best competitions in the country, and promises to work his butt off because he showed he can hang with the big boys. Kurt Scoby is not only a good RB but has much better hands than advertised. Elijah Carter stepped up and made some big plays on offense and will be another weapon in a potent offense. Coach Asante showed us his poise under pressure and why it’s no surprise Carson played in two consecutive CIF city-section championships, the man just doesn’t sweat. DC coach glide is a teacher and he knows as good as they are now his group will continue to get better, you can bet his players will work their butts off for him. OBJECTIVE: DEVELOP SCHOLAR ATHLETES AND WIN EVERYTIME WE TAKE THE FIELD. PHILOSOPHY: COMPETITION BREEDS CHAMPIONS. WE ARE ST. PAUL!

  • Great Scott!

    Oh yeah, well WE ARE…….MARSHALL! So ha!

    Good to hear actually. Hopefully we have a pretty intense season ahead of us. Can’t wait for the big games.

  • Prisoner of the Moment

    Lets not get carried away and crown SMCHS quite yet. Remember how we were taing about Servites dominance at this time last year – then little old 3rd place Tesoro took them out – just as they did Amat the year before.
    Thats why we play the games

  • game changer

    Amat was missing some key players including RB Blue. Amats QB has a live arm and very good mobility. Amat has a great O and D line. The big boys are the game changers.

  • Which brings up a good point

    So why didn’t the Orange County people have a heart attack and write off the Friars when #1Servite lost to 3rd place Tesoro but the year before the SGV was all over the #4 Lancers when they lost to a 3rd place Tesoro team.
    Maybe OC fans have been out of their fish bowl and are smarter than that?

  • SP is SLOW

    St. Paul is not better than last years 7-3 team. Your Defense looked terrible as SM torched your slow DB’s. That team is definitely a 3-7 squad. I don’t see SP finishing higher than 4th place in the mission league. Oh yeah…you will NEVER beat Bishop Amat!!!

  • SP Alive and Well

    I won’t torch all Bishop Amat fan because of what “SP is Slow” said because he/she is obviously an IDIOT. Learn to read before you comment. Did you see the scores SM put up against everyone they played? There ten returning offensive starters from last years state championship team has a lot to do with how they make everyone looked bad. Stanton throws as nice a ball as I have seen thus far in all the preseason camps and tournaments. You shouldn’t worry about anyone else but your team’s sorry ass 1-5 record.

  • Great Scott!

    Yeah folks…you have to understand that SM has 10 returners on offense (with some two way guys) and is a really well-oiled machine at this point. They have a D1 qb and two D1 running backs not to mention the rest of the gang.

    What they really have right now is cohesion and familiarity of playing together and in Harry’s system. They are just a couple months ahead of the rest.

    I think that’s why there was probably a lot of shock and awe. Once the other teams get going, hopefully they will field stiffer competition leading into the season.

    But I’m still calling it…SMCHS is state bound.

  • Sgv baller

    Santa margarita is going to be tough.servite will be good also,they have good returning players but need to replace Qb.i think servite being on tv every other week made it easier for teams to figure out what they had to do beat them .westlake ,st bonnies and oak Christians also going to make things tough .

  • LB Poly v St. Paul

    Poly versus St. Paul 22-21 WOW! SP is not usually good in passing tournaments. Who saw that game? How did it play out? Must of been pretty exciting…Good Luck this season SP!

  • Buy IN

    It looks like the SP players are buying in to Asante’s new offensive and defensive schemes, contrary to popular opinion.

  • Really?

    Does that say Santa Margarita “SID”? Is that a full-time job for someone? Insane and awesome at the same time.

  • LJ

    I was thinking that same thing about their SID, that is like Burrell Lee who is the director of basketball operations at St. John Bosco. Lee is not the head coach there too .

  • football fan

    I saw the Sp poly game it was very intense before the first both teams were energized and hyped. sp jumped out to a early 2 td lead and poly was forced to score on their last 2 possesions. st paul had their last chance to win on a 4 n goal on the 10 which came up short.

  • football fan

    I saw the Sp poly game it was very intense before the first both teams were energized and hyped. sp jumped out to a early 2 td lead and poly was forced to score on their last 2 possesions. st paul had their last chance to win on a 4 n goal on the 10 which came up short.

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