Here’s an inside look at the CIF Southern Section Division 1/2 Santa Margarita Eagles football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
Overall record: 3-7 (0-5, 6th in the Trinity League).
Brent Vieselmeyer is in his first season at Santa Margarita.
RB/LS Nick Barcelos, 6-1, 215, Sr.
TE Gary Morrison, 6-3, 215, Jr.
CB Justin Caragao, 6-0, 150, Sr.
CB Mark Ard Jr., 6-1, 170, Sr.
CB/S Keanu Kama, 6-2, 170, Sr.
DE/TE Derek Wilkins, 6-5, 240, Jr.
THREE TO SEE
Mark Ard Jr. — CB
Speedy defensive back left for St. John Bosco in the offseason before deciding to return. He holds offers from BYU and Nevada.
Derek Wilkins – DE/TE
After a great sophomore year, Wilkins is up to 6-5, 240, and is a strong candidate to break out further. He’s already received an offer from San Jose State, and might just be getting started.
Nick Barcelos – RB/LS
At running back, Nick Barcelos was the second leading rusher for the Eagles with 442 rushing yards. He’s also received four D-1 offers as a long snapper.
Santa Margarita went winless in league last season, but that’s because they’re playing in arguably the best league in the country. This year, every member of the Trinity League will automatically make the playoffs, regardless of league record. So, paradoxically, the Eagles could once again finish near the bottom of their league, and still be a legitimate threat to go on a playoff run.
Losing star QB Peter Costelli and WR Chase Nenad to Mission Viejo hurts, but whoever fills that void will have playmakers to work with. RB Nick Barcelos is back, who also happens to be an elite long snapper. Junior Gary Morrison is a strong breakout candidate at TE.
Defensively, The Eagles lost another key player — DE Logan Schwenke — to Mission Viejo.
Tasked with leading the secondary will be CB Mark Ard Jr., who briefly left for St. John Bosco in the offseason before deciding to return to Santa Margarita. They’re also returning impact starters CB Keanu Kama and DE Derek Wilkins, who’s received an offer from San Jose State. Justin Caragao is another strong member of Santa Margarita’s secondary.