Santa Margarita heeds Jacots exhortations

Santa Margarita heeds Jacots exhortations

The Orange County Register
Santa Margarita 38, Fountain Valley 14

MISSION VIEJO - The wakeup call came late for eighth-ranked Santa Margarita in its nonleague game against Fountain Valley on Friday at Saddleback College. But it did come.

"I was screaming so loud I really don't remember what I said," Eagles coach Mike Jacot said of his halftime speech. Whatever the Eagles were able to decipher, it worked.

Santa Margarita (2-2) overcame a seven-point deficit on the way to a 38-14 victory. The Eagles held the Barons (4-1) scoreless in the second half.

"That wasn't our team playing in the first half," Santa Margarita quarterback Brett Mason said. "The captains stood up in the locker room (at halftime) and said that we're not going to lose this game … that we're going to come out in the second half and fire away which we did."

Mason finished 10 of 14 for 157 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles opened the second half with a 37-yard field goal from Rob Maniaci. Later in the quarter, the Eagles took the lead for good on a 1-yard score from Carlo Audagnotti.

Santa Margarita capped the evening with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

"We showed a lot of character in the second half," Jacot said. "I thought we had a good week of practice and that we were prepared, but Fountain Valley came out and punched us in the mouth like they did.

"It showed a lot of character for a young football team."

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