Santa Margarita quarterback Johnny Stanton was awarded the National High School Coaches Association/GTM Sportswear athlete of the month for September on Thursday.
NHSCA communications director Jeff Fisher presented Stanton with the award in the school’s gym in front of the Eagles’ student body.
Stanton, a Nebraska commit, guided the Eagles to a 5-0 start before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a victory against St. Bonaventure of Ventura on Sept. 21.
In the Eagles’ first five games, the senior completed 59 of 88 passes (67 percent) for 949 yards and 11 TDs, and he rushed for 386 yards and eight TDs. He ended his high school career with nine school records.
Stanton had knee surgery on Sept. 28 and has started physical therapy.
“I’m excited to start getting my strength back,” Stanton said before the Eagles’ game against Servite last week. “(The surgery) went well.”
Santa Margarita is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN and No. 4 by USA Today.
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