MISSION VIEJO – Mission Viejo asserted itself early in its game against Santa Margarita last season.
The Diablos scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and defeated Santa Margarita, 48-21.
Those teams meet again Friday, Sept. 22, when Mission Viejo plays Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills High. It is a home game for Santa Margarita; its usual home field, Saddleback College, is undergoing renovation.
Mission Viejo is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Register’s Orange County poll, behind national No. 1 Mater Dei. Santa Margarita (4-0) is No. 4 in the O.C. top 25.
In CIF-Southern Section Division 1, Mission Viejo is No. 5 and Santa Margarita is No. 8. Both are ranked in the state top 10 – Mission Viejo is No. 4 and Santa Margarita is No. 8 in the California top 25 compiled by CalHiSports.com.
Santa Margarita has wins over Downey, Loyola of Los Angeles, Alemany of Mission Hills and Mayfair of Lakewood. The wins over Downey and Loyola were shutouts. The Eagles are averaging 50 points a game and their average margin of victory is 48 points.
Mission Viejo’s wins are over Baldwin of Wailuku, a Hawaii trip for the Diablos, and over Vista Murrieta, La Habra and Long Beach Poly. They are averaging 34 points and game with an average margin of victory of 20 points.
Santa Margarita’s strength on offense has been its running game. Chad Magyar has rushed for 564 yards and nine touchdowns and is averaging 10 yards a carry. He also has a team-high 14 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
Eagles quarterback Josiah Norwood has completed 66 percent of his passes for 745 yards and nine touchdowns. Malone Mataele contributes as a receiver (11 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns) and as a kick returner (averaging 40 yards a kick return, 21 yards a punt return). Mataele scored on returns of 94 and 97 yards against Mission Viejo last season.
Santa Margarita has one of the better kickers in the county, too. Dylan Brady kicked a 55-yard field goal this season.
Mission Viejo has a deep receiving corps led by two-time All-Orange County selection Austin Osborne, who committed to Washington. Osborne has 15 receptions for 246 yards and a touchdown.