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Estancia vs. Aquinas of San Bernardino

September 04, 2008

When: Tonight, 7

Where: Aquinas High

Key Eagles: Senior tailback Carlos Mendez (283 carries, 1,584 yards, 13 TDs in 2007); senior quarterback Radamas Gutierrez (496 passing yards); senior receiver Jason Moreno (19 receptions, 145 yards).

Key Falcons: Senior tailback Bobbie Jones (top returning rusher); quarterback Tyler Stirewalt (first-year starter).

Breakdown: Both teams are coming off league championship seasons. Estancia was 5-6, 2-1 in the Orange Coast League last season to make its third straight appearance in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Aquinas was 7-5, 3-0 in the Christian League and reached the CIF East Valley Division quarterfinals ... Aquinas won the CIF Division XII title in 2005, while Estancia has not won a playoff game since 1980 ... Aquinas won last year’s meeting, 35-7, though Mendez, the 2007 Orange Coast League Co-MVP, rushed for 118 yards on 14 carries in his varsity debut ... Aquinas is without 2007 rushing leader Dwain Radden (2,250 yards and 29 TDs), who graduated, but his brother Derrick, a junior, is on the team ... Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said he expects one challenge to be the higher Inland Empire temperature.

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— Barry Faulkner


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