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5 Things We Learned: Santa Margarita Wins Without Stanton

No. 4 Eagles shut out Servite in first game since QB went down; Wolitarsky sets state receiving mark


5:57 PM, Oct. 07, 2012 EDT

Five notes from a busy weekend of high school sports action.

1. The Eagles are all right: No. 4 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), playing its first full game without injured quarterback Johnny Stanton, showed it didn’t need a lot of offense to win, shutting down Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 20-0. The Eagles (6-0) held the Friars to three first downs as defensive end Nick Begg, who has said he will sign with Arizona, had 1 1/2 sacks.

2. Katy did and how: No. 8 Katy (Texas) is scoring at a furious rate. The Tigers defeated Mayde Creek (Houston) 70-7 on Saturday, breaking the school record of 66 points, set in a 2006 defeat of Madison (Houston). In their past three games, the Tigers have scored 62, 63 and now 70 points, and lead all Super 25 teams with an average of 53.2 points a game. Part of the reason is running back Adam Taylor, who has averaged three touchdowns a game and more than 100 yards in each of the past three wins. Taylor is making up for lost time after missing much of last season with a knee injury. The Tigers’ defense also has propelled the point totals as it held Mayde Creek to one first-half first down.

3. Catching on: Drew Wolitarsky of Canyon (Canyon Country, Calif.) broke current St. Louis Rams receiver Steve Smith’s state record of 4,486 career receiving yards in a 49-7 defeat Friday of Golden Valley (Santa Clarita, Calif.). Wolitarsky had nine catches for 149 yards and four touchdowns and now has 4,585 career receiving yards. He also needs only 32 catches to break Smith’s state record for career catches.

4. Oh, Henry: Yulee (Fla.) running back Derrick Henry, who committed to Alabama last week, set a national record with his 40th consecutive 100-yard rushing game in his team’s 35-0 defeat Friday of Fernandina Beach (Fla.). Henry ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. The prior record for consecutive 100-yard games was held by Rushel Shell of Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) from 2008-11. Henry is also fifth on the all-time rushing list with 9,807 career yards.

5. Winning Whims: Reaching 900 wins isn’t for the faint of heart. Ankeny (Iowa) girls volleyball coach, Dave Whims, 63, already the state’s all-time winningest coach, reached 900 victories on Tuesday, then passed a kidney stone on Thursday. He has won four state 4A titles and finished runner-up three times in his 12 years at Ankeny.

Follow Jim Halley on Twitter @JimHalley.

 

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