Football: A shocker at Saddleback College
In the immortal words of Fred Willard from "A Mighty Wind," "Wha' happened?"
Carson came into its intersectional clash against Santa Margarita with the momentum of a two-game winning streak and a No. 19 ranking in the Southland by The Times, but the Eagles deserve all the accolades after taking a 42-7 halftime lead at Saddleback College.
The soon-to-be-unranked Colts had a turnover, a turnover on downs and a punt blocked and recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. By comparison, things were going so well for Santa Margarita that a busted play turned into a five-yard gain when 6-foot-6, 254-pound lineman Max Tuerk took a lateral from quarterback Adam Young and rambled up the field for a first down.
Young was one of many Eagles stars in the first half, completing eight of 13 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Wolpin caught a 16-yard touchdown pass and ran for 70 yards and another touchdown in 10 carries. River Cracraft made an interception and Johnny Stanton blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone.
In a sign of things to come for Carson, quarterback Justin Alo had his first pass of the game intercepted and was able to generate much offense on only one first-half drive that culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Langdon. Alo has completed 10 of 16 passes for 111 yards with the touchdown and interception.
The Colts' running game has mustered 21 yards in nine carries, and Carson has committed six offsides penalties.
Santa Margarita will get the ball first to start the second half. The only pressing question: How long will the Eagles' regulars stay in the game?