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ORANGE COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

St. Margaret's Gets in Gear Against First-Year Foe

September 30, 2000|STEVE HISERMAN

The St. Margaret's football team has been having trouble getting its offense going, and its first series against winless Saddleback Valley Christian, a first-year program, was no different. 1-2-3-punt.

But after that, the Tartans hit overdrive, scoring on their next three possessions and cruising to a 42-0 nonleague victory on their home field Friday afternoon.

On the first play of St. Margaret's second possession, Ryan Bircher bolted 69 yards for a touchdown.

St. Margaret's (3-0-1) scored again after Donnie Reed intercepted a pass at the Saddleback Valley Christian 27 and returned it to the 19. Two plays later, Corey Westrope hooked up with Omar Shaban on a five-yard scoring pass and the PAT made the score 14-0.

Erik Hollenbeck set up the Tartans' next touchdown, returning a punt 35 yards to the Saddleback Valley Christian 7. Two runs and a penalty later, Westrope hit Matt Chapman with a nine-yard scoring pass.

Bircher, who added a 27-yard scoring run in the second quarter, rushed for 139 yards in 14 carries.

Saddleback Valley Christian (0-3) made its best showing on offense on its opening drive of the second half, when it ran 10 plays and gained 56 yards, moving the ball as far as the St. Margaret's 17 only to have Jay Paul Spenuzza intercept a Chris Frey pass.

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