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TEXT BY STEVE FRYER, OCVARSITY.COM;
Santa Margarita won the CIF-Southern Section's Pac-5 Division championship and the CIF State Division 1 championship.
Where does Santa Margarita rank among Orange County's better teams of the past 10 years? Are the Eagles one of the top 20 teams of that period?
Let's see ...
Here are the top 20 Orange County football teams of the past 10 years:

Top 20 teams of the past 10 years

OCVARSITY.COM

Slide show: Santa Margarita won the CIF-Southern Section's Pac-5 Division championship and has been invited to participate in this weekend's CIF State Championship Bowl Games.

Where does Santa Margarita rank among Orange County's better teams of the past 10 years? Are the Eagles one of the top 20 teams of that period?

Let's see ...

Here are the top 20 Orange County football teams of the past 10 years:

1. 2004 Mission Viejo. The Diablos went 14-0 and won the CIF-SS Division 2 championship with a 49-21 victory over Valencia of Valencia in the championship game. They defeated Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Los Alamitos and De La Salle of Concord, 17-14 -- at De La Salle, too. They outscored their playoff opponents, 210-72. Top players: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Chane Moline and DL Nick Reed.

2. 2002 Mission Viejo. The Diablos went 14-0 and won the CIF-SS Division 2 championship with a 10-6 victory over Hart of Newhall in the final. They averaged 33 points a game while allowing 9 points a game, and their average margin of victory in the South Coast League was 35 points. Among their nonleague victories was one over Mater Dei. Top players: DL Chris Cole, LB Jed Collins and DL Chad Moline.

3. 2004 Los Alamitos. These Griffins might be the best county team of the past 10 years that did not win a CIF-SS title. They finished 12-2, with their losses to Mission Viejo, which would go 14-0, in a nonleague game and to Long Beach Poly in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game. Top players: QB Jimmy Barnes, WR Jeremy Childs and LB John Hale.

4. 2006 Orange Lutheran. The Lancers went 14-1 and won CIF section and state championships. They beat Edison, 30-20, in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division championship game and defeated Palo Alto, 42-28, in the state championships. Their only loss was to their usual nemesis, Servite, in double overtime. Top players: TE Blake Ayles, QB Aaron Corp, WR Austin Pettis and DL Mike Reardon.

5. 2010 Servite. The Friars went 14-1 and won the CIF-SS Pac-5 championship with a 41-27 triumph over previously undefeated Mission Viejo in the Pac-5 final. They shut out Southwest Division champion La Habra in a nonleague game. Servite's only loss was to De La Salle of Concord in the state championships. Top players: RB Malik Felton, LB Matthew Inman, and DL Troy Niklas.

6. 2009 Servite. The Friars went 14-1, won a CIF State championship, and won the CIF-SS Pac-5 championship with a 16-6 victory in the division final against Edison, which gave Servite its only loss in a nonleague game. Servite's average margin of victory in the Trinity League was 19 points, and the Friars defeated Mater Dei for the first time since 1988. Top players: QB Cody Fajardo, WR Chris Nicholls and DL Kirifi Taula.

7. 2011 Santa Margarita. The Eagles pushed their record to 12-2 with their 27-13 victory over San Clemente in last week's CIF-SS Pac-5 Division championship game. They lost twice in league play, to Servite (in overtime) and to Mater Dei, but improved immensely as the playoffs progressed through this week's state championship game against Bellarmine of San Jose. Top players: QB Johnny Stanton, OL Max Tuerk and RB Ryan Wolpin.

8. 2005 Mission Viejo. The Diablos went 12-1, and lost to Hart of Newhall in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals. They defeated De La Salle of Concord, and routed Serra League co-champion Mater Dei, 48-7. Top players: OL David Burton, RB Chane Moline and TE Konrad Reuland.

9. 2007 Mater Dei. The Monarchs went 9-2 in a season that lost a week because of area wildfires. They were Trinity League co-champions, with Orange Lutheran and Servite. They beat Centennial of Corona and Edison in nonleague games, and Servite in league. Top players: QB Matt Barkley, OL Khaled Holmes, DL Cameron Meredith.

10. 2008 Tesoro. The Titans went 13-1, with that loss to Long Beach Poly, 20-17, in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division championship game. They went 5-0 in the South Coast League, including a 31-14 victory over Mission Viejo, and defeated Los Alamitos, Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran in the playoffs. Top players: OL Josh Cabral, WR/DB Preston King, and QB Robbie Picazzo.

11. 2006 Edison. The Chargers finished 11-3 overall. They lost to Orange Lutheran in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division championship game. Edison beat Servite twice, in nonleague and in the playoffs. Top players: OL Martin Coleman, WR Dominique Vinson and LB Hunter White.

12. 2007 Orange Lutheran. The Lancers went 10-2 in the season cut short one game by wildfires in the area. Lutheran was Trinity League co-champion with Mater Dei and Servite. The Lancers lost to LB Poly, 2-0 – that's right, a safety -- in the Pac-5 semifinals. Lutheran beat Mission Viejo and Edison in the playoffs. Top players: TE Blake Ayles, OL Lance Barker and LB Ricky Pemasa.

13. 2004 Orange Lutheran. The Lancers, in one of their final non-Division 1 seasons, won the CIF-SS Division 6 championship with a 35-6 victory over Newport Harbor in the championship game. Lutheran went 13-1, with its only loss to Mater Dei. The Lancers closest margin of victory in the playoffs was 18 points. Top players: OL Eric Augustine, WR Brandon Rohr and DL Pat Roxas.

14. 2003 Mission Viejo. The Diablos went 13-1, with their only loss to Hart of Newhall in the CIF-SS Division 2 championship game. Mission Viejo went 5-0 in the South Coast League again, and beat Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly in nonleague games. All of their playoff games were routs – 35-2 over Burroughs of Ridgecrest, 52-15 over Diamond Bar and 56-21 over Harry Welch-coached Canyon of Canyon Country – before the loss to Hart. Top players: LB Jed Collins, WR/DB Marty Tadman and DL Nick Reed.

15. 2002 Los Alamitos. The Griffins won the CIF-SS Division 1 championship with a 41-14 victory over Mater Dei in the championship game. Los Alamitos was 13-1, with the loss a forfeit to Hart of Newhall. The game itself was a 21-21 tie, and it was later discovered that Los Alamitos had used an ineligible player that night. Top players: QB Jeff Kline, WR Brandon Tripp and DB Randy Estes.

16. 2003 Orange Lutheran. This was the first of the great Lutheran football teams. The Lancers, who finished 12-1 (CQ), opened the season with a 35-14 victory over Mater Dei, went 5-0 in the Empire League with an average margin of victory over 38 in those league games. In the playoffs, they beat Brea Olinda by 34 points, La Mirada by 28 and Hacienda Heights Wilson by 28 before losing to Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, 21-17, in the CIF-SS Division 6 championship game. Top players: QB Seth Blackamore, WR Brendan Circle and LB Anthony Vernaglia.

17. 2007 Servite. The Friars finished 9-3 and shared the Trinity League championship with Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran. In league, Servite lost to Mater Dei and defeated Orange Lutheran. The Friars beat San Clemente and Espeanza in the Pac-5 playoffs before losing to Crespi of Encino in triple-overtime in the semifinals. Top players: LB Anthony Hannon, OL Matt Kalil and RB DJ Shoemate

18. 2005 Tesoro. The new school made an immediate impact by going 13-1 and winning the CIF-SS Division 9 championship, with a 27-6 victory over Northwood in the Divison 9 final. The Titans' only loss was to San Clemente. They went 6-0 in the Pacific Coast League and averaged 47 points a game in the playoffs. Top players: RB Sean Calcagnie, OL Jason Johnson and QB Todd Sciacqua.

19. 2008 La Habra. The Highlanders went 12-2 and won the CIF-SS Southwest Division championship with a 26-14 victory over Tustin in the Southwest final. Their losses were to Pac-5 Division teams Los Alamitos and San Clemente, by one touchdown in each game. La Habra's playoff victories included an 83-0 triumph over Anaheim. Top players: DB David Arteaga, RB Ronnie Hillman and RB Joshua Quezada.

20. 2005 Esperanza. The Aztecs' 12-2 season ended with a wild, back-and-forth 49-42 loss to Loyola of Los Angeles in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game. Esperanza went 5-0 in the Sunset League, including a 46-19 league victory over Los Alamitos. The Aztecs beat Compton, Redlands East Valley and Servite in the playoffs before the finals loss to Loyola. Top players: OL Joe Hawley, RB Rocky Taloa and OL Joe Witeck.


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