wasn't supposed to win to finish his high school career.
The Eagles (3-6), with their Golden West League schedule finished,
face similar odds in the nonleague contest against Pacifica (6-3),
which has already clinched a playoff berth and is ranked No. 10 in
CIF Southern Section Division IX.
Among Estancia's seniors are fullback and leading rusher Bubba
Kapko, quarterback Brad Young, linemen Yousif Muradian, Landon
Pulizzi and Gary Jones, as well as linebackers Chad Sherrell and Mike
Softa. Another senior, Mike Cahill, will return to the lineup this
week after missing the previous game with a ankle injury.
"I think all our seniors are going to give everything they have,"
The question is whether Estancia will have enough firepower to
withstand a Pacifica team that has won four in a row.
The Eagles are without standout senior defensive tackle Gary
Strawn and senior receiver and cornerback Jason Johnston has been
battling the flu and a knee injury this week. Junior receiver and
cornerback Geo Macias has also been troubled with a shoulder injury.
The weakened secondary has been bolstered by the addition of
Young, who has worked at free safety this week.
"He volunteered and he's looking pretty good back there," Fertig
said. "He said, 'Coach, I can play 48 minutes.' "
The defense will be tested by a balanced Pacifica team that is
averaging 37.4 points per game and has scored at least 43 points in
three straight games.
But of greater concern to Fertig is Pacifica's defensive front,
against which Estancia will be attempting to end a two-game scoring
"Their defensive line, jiminy Christmas, they come across the line
of scrimmage and try to make something happen," Fertig said.