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Eagles Boast Lineage Second to None

September 16, 2000

When Los Alamitos and Santa Margarita played Friday night at Cal State Fullerton, it marked another weekly meeting of the South Orange County Heisman Trophy Winners' Club.

John Cappelletti and Charles White are Eagle fans--with good reasons. Each has a son playing for Santa Margarita.

Cappelletti, who won the Heisman as a running back for Penn State in 1973, is the father of junior free safety Thomas Cappelletti. White, who won his trophy as a running back for USC in 1979, is the father of sophomore running back Ashton White.

"I think it's pretty much a coincidence that this would happen," said John Cappelletti, who will have had four sons play for the Eagles when his youngest son, Joseph, 11, enters high school in a few years.

This is the second time the Heisman winners have had sons play together for Santa Margarita. Julian White and John Cappelletti were Eagle teammates in the mid-1990s.


Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson wore a bandage on his right hand during Friday's victory over Loara. It was a much more visible covering than the fresh Band-Aid he wore last week during the Monarchs' victory over Fallbrook.

"The Band-Aid came off and I spent the night wiping blood off the inside of my pocket," Rollinson said.

And just how did Rollinson injure himself before last Saturday's game?

"I decided I could fix the washing machine."


For Laguna Hills tailback Matt Chandler the week started out tough . . . and only got tougher.

Chandler, a junior and wide receiver-turned-running back, was spent after the Hawks' 30-28 loss to Trabuco Hills Friday. He carried the ball 30 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

Luckily, Hawk Coach Bruce Ingalls' heavy-duty workout schedule had Chandler ready to be the team's workhorse.

"It's my role on the team, I guess," Chandler said. "This was one of the hardest weeks Laguna Hills has ever had practice-wise."

The fruits of a week's hard work were spoiled, though, as a 27-yard field goal with 10 seconds left gave the Mustangs the victory.


Despite rushing for 780 yards last season, David Gober was overshadowed at Western High, which had Will Ruffin and Jamiah Williamson, who each rushed for more than 900 yards.

This season, Gober is out to make a name for himself, even if it has to be by his mouth.

The senior slotback, who scored five touchdowns in a 63-25 victory over El Toro Friday, said he was unimpressed by El Toro's defense.

Using deduction, he said he was even less impressed with Edison, ranked No. 2 in the county and a 21-18 victor over El Toro in Week 1.

"I guess Edison doesn't deserve to be No. 2," Gober said.

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