Estancia scored 56 unanswered points after La Quinta (0-4) opened the game with an 86-yard touchdown run. The play, on which Aztecs tailback Nicky Luu caromed off a bundle of tacklers behind the line, and bounced around left end, represented the only defensive lapse in a two-game stretch in which Estancia has outscored opponents, 77-7.
Those same two opponents, including Magnolia last week, outscored the Eagles, 75-14, in a pair of lopsided victories last season.
It was the fourth straight win for Estancia, the program’s longest winning streak since the 1996 squad opened the season 5-0.
“I was kind of in awe; like what just happened?,” Abalos said of the stunning beginning. “I thought, ‘That’s not our defense out there.’ But after that, we showed who we were. We have a really good team this year ... the defense is one of the best in our league, if not the best. I love this team this year. We have way more heart and spirit this year than last year.”
The Eagles now have one more win than the 2008 squad that finished 3-7.
Estancia answered La Quinta’s stunning first strike with a six-play, 65-yard touchdown drive. The Eagles scored on four of their first five possessions. The hosts also scored on their final four possessions, as a stream of substitutes took over and kept the onslaught coming.
“We cleaned the house tonight,” Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said of playing each of his players.
Five different Estancia ballcarriers found the end zone, including sophomore backups Alex Troncoso and Ozzy Magana.
Junior John Diego, filling in at quarterback for senior Alek Kirshner, who was still not fully recovered from a midweek bout with illness, Bargas said, also had a rushing TD, as did senior Sean Davis.