Fresh off an upset victory over Trinity League foe and nationally ranked Mater Dei last week, Santa Margarita jumps right into the fire again on Thursday against La Habra Orange Lutheran.
Santa Margarita (6-0, 1-0) is well tested by having to come from behind to win three games, including last week against the Monarchs after trailing 7-6 in the fourth quarter.
Orange Lutheran (5-1, 0-1) will try to rebound from last week's 28-21 loss in double OT to Servite in its league opener.
Orange Lutheran definitely has the offensive fire-power to beat any high school team put in front of it and the proof will be in the number of college scouts who be in the stands on Thursday at Brea Olinda Stadium.
"Lutheran will be the most offensive minded team that we will face this year. They are explosive," said Santa Margarita coach Mike Jacot. "This game will have playoff implications."
has helped the Lancers total more than 500 total yards in three games, and
totaled 400 by himself in a nonleague game against Valencia/Valencia.
Corp's favorite target has been Austin Pettis, who has pulled down 38 passes, good for 530 yards and 6 TD's. RB's Ricky Parmesa (10 TD's) and Tyson Seneca (7) have aided toward the Lancers 40 point per-game average.
Another USC-bound player Michael Reardon is the defensive leader for coach Jim Kunau and at 6-6, 255 pounds, Reardon is an imposing presence for Orange Lutheran at defensive end. "He's big, fast, strong, and an animal," said Jacot.
Santa Margarita doesn't have the huge stat numbers when compared to Orange Lutheran, but behind a talented offensive line, has found a way in every game to escape what seemed almost certain defeat.
"What impresses me most about this team is its poise and character," said Jacot. "When we're behind in a game, we've come back."
The Eagles came back to beat Long Beach Poly 9-7 on a last minute field goal, and beat Santa Ana Foothill 7-6 on a touchdown in the final two minutes. With the exception of a 51-17 win against
Santa Margarita QB Eric Reisenger is an old-school type, who can hand off to Chris Spangenberg, throw to Ryan Maxwell, or tuck it in and take off. Spangenberg averages 110 yards rushing per game and has 8 TD's.
Sophomore John Michael Davis has recently developed into an option at many positions, including rushing for 8 yards per carry. He has 4 INT's at corner back and can complement Reisenger by being able chew up yards as a running QB.
Santa Margarita also has an outstanding defensive end in senior Matt Browning. Maxwell can do a lot at safety and has returned punts for good yardage. Jacot is not afraid to insert him at RB.
were inexperienced coming into the season and didn't know what to expect of our
offensive line, but the entire offensive line has been outstanding," said