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Football

September 05, 2006

The Estancia High football team's 44-7 victory over Mark Keppel set two school records. It was the most points scored and the largest margin of victory during a season opener in the Eagles' 42 varsity seasons.

The previous highest point total in an opener was 35 (twice) — against Century in 1997 and against Magnolia in 1999.

Friday was also Estancia's highest point total since the Eagles beat Laguna Beach, 62-23, in 2000.

  • Sage Hill School earned a dramatic 24-13 win over visiting St. Genevieve in the season opener Friday night, but there was a big dose of bad news for the Lightning.

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    Senior running back-linebacker Don Ayres, a Newport-Mesa Dream Team performer as a junior, suffered a shoulder separation that will sideline him at least two weeks, Lightning Coach Tom Monarch said.

    Ayres will miss Friday's nonleague clash with Saddleback Valley Christian, after which the Lightning have a bye week.

    Monarch said Ayres' targeted return date would be for the recently added Sept. 22 home game against Western Christian.

  • Estancia Coach Brian Barnes was happy with his defense in the game, and it was easy to see why.

    The Eagles didn't allow Keppel to cross midfield until back Erik Jimenez's 32-yard run with fewer than than 11 minutes left in the game.

    The Aztecs also had negative net yards until that same play.

  • Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso made his head-coaching debut in the Mustangs' 55-7 loss to Savanna Friday at La Palma Park.

    An assistant the last decade, Osso, a former Estancia High player, said he was much more nervous, leading up to the game, as a head coach.

    The jitters didn't stop at the opening kickoff either.

    "At one point, I was yelling for [quarterback Cody Waldron] to call timeout and the referee came over to me and said 'You're the head coach, you can call timeout yourself,' " Osso said.

  • Corona del Mar High's 34-7 win over Laguna Beach marked the third straight game the Sea Kings have topped the Breakers by 27 points.

    CdM won, 27-0, on Oct. 20, 2005 and earned a 35-8 victory on Nov. 12, 2004.

    The win was CdM's eighth straight over its former Pacific Coast League rival, CdM's 11th in their last 12 meetings.

  • The fourth quarter of Sage Hill School's 24-13 season-opener win over visiting St. Genevieve Friday provided an emotional roller coaster for all parties viewing the game.

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