Santa Margarita scored two second-quarter touchdowns and held off a late charge by La Puente Bishop Amat to defeat the Lancers, 21-19, in a nonleague game Friday at Bishop Amat.
With 2 minutes 28 seconds remaining, Lancer running back Donnie McCleskey scored on a four-yard run to cut the lead to 21-19. However, Michael Lange's pass for a two-point conversion fell incomplete and Santa Margarita held on for the victory.
"Obviously the key play to the game was when we stopped the two-point conversion", Santa Margarita coach Jim Hartigan said. "We ran the ball hard and Matt [Dlugolecki] threw the ball well and our defense applied pressure when we needed it the most."
Trailing 6-0 early in the second quarter, the Eagles marched 70 yards in seven plays to take a 7-6 lead. Sophomore Ashton White, who carried six times for 55 yards on the drive, capped it with a four-yard touchdown run.