Los Angeles Preps: Michael Angelo

No. 6 S. Marg. 28, No. 16 S.J. Bosco 20

November, 4, 2011

MISSION VIEJO -- The night was special for Johnny Stanton in more ways than one.

The Santa Margarita junior quarterback rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-20 victory Friday night against St. John Bosco, helping the Eagles take over sole possession of second place in the Trinity League heading into next week’s showdown against first-place Servite.

Along the way at Saddleback College, Stanton established school records for single-game and season rushing yards by a quarterback. Stanton now has 845 rushing yards this season, bettering the previous mark of 801 set by Michael Angelo in 2003.

Stanton did most of his damage on quarterback draws, taking advantage of huge holes opened by his massive offensive line, led by USC-bound tackle Max Tuerk. His 43-yard touchdown run on a draw late in the third quarter gave the Eagles a 21-13 lead.

“We weren’t expecting it to work that well,” Stanton said. “But, when a play works that well, you’ve just got to keep going to it.”

Santa Margarita coach Harry Welch says he thinks the play deserves another name.

“When you have Johnny Stanton, it’s different,” he said. “It’s not a quarterback draw. It’s Johnny Stanton up the middle.”

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