The Eagles enter tonight's nonleague matchup, 7 o'clock at Bolsa
Grande High, as heavy underdogs against the Mariners (6-2), who
appear bound for their ninth straight trip the CIF Southern Section
Pacifica Coach Bill Craven earned his 200th win at the school last
week, while Estancia has 158 wins in its 38 varsity seasons. The
Eagles have won just 49 games the last 13 seasons, while Pacifica has
taken only the last seven seasons to win 50.
"It's a good football team, which I think could be as good as
Katella," said Noonan, whose Eagles were trounced, 34-0, by Katella
in Week 3. It was the first of four shutouts sustained by Estancia
over a six-game span and Estancia has now been blanked in three
The three-game scoreless streak ties a program record and has
dropped the Eagles to the bottom of the Orange County scoring list,
tied with Tesoro with 47 points.
"We're not going to line up and go toe to toe with them," Noonan
said of the Mariners, who opened their season with a 35-0 win over a
Westminster team that subsequently bested Estancia, 41-7, in Week 4.
"We'll have a few changes, we'll try to be creative, and we'll have
to limit our mistakes."
Mistakes, specifically turnovers, have been the Eagles' biggest
shortcoming this fall. They are minus-16 in turnover ratio.
Pacifica, ranked No. 8 in CIF Division IX, is known for its sound
fundamentals and execution, ideals Noonan said his team can gain
"Bill Craven is one of the deans of Orange County high school
football and Pacifica has an outstanding program," Noonan said. "This
game will give our kids an opportunity to see how a good program
plays. You know what Pacifica is going to do, but it has had pretty
good success lining up and doing it. Our challenge is going to be to
try and stop them."
Specifically, the Eagles must contend with senior running back
David Heller, who has rushed for 1,315 yards and 15 touchdowns this
Justin Turner, a senior quarterback, has thrown for 1,153 yards
and five TDs, completing 80 of 129 with four interceptions.
Steve Heller (20 catches for 270 yards and two TDs) and Tim
Brannen (15 catches for 371 yards and two TDs) are the Mariners'
Estancia is led offensively by junior quarterback Brad Young, who
has completed 63 of 127 passes for 675 yards and two TDs, with five
Noonan said senior Lewis Bradshaw may also play some quarterback
this week. Bradshaw, is among the Eagles' receiving leaders with 12
catches for 222 yards.
Seniors Javy Ramirez (16 catches for 211 yards), Louis Valdes Jr.
(13 for 146) and Jermaine Young (12 for 150) are additional passing
It's the first game in 33 years between the two schools, which met
five straight years beginning with Estancia's inaugural 1965 season.
Estancia leads the series 3-1-1.