Coach Mike Bargas is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Estancia High football team, making this year's senior class the first he has had each year.
The reward for the players? Repeated games against Irvine schools.
Estancia will face them three weeks in a row, playing University at Irvine High on Sept. 23, Northwood at the same venue on Sept. 30 and Beckman at Tustin High on Oct. 8. Only Beckman made the CIF Southern Section playoffs last year, but those teams promise better competition than the Magnolia and La Quinta teams that the Eagles rolled over in 2009.
Playing teams from the master-planned city fits into Bargas' master plan just fine. He wants to continue improvement this year, which starts with a home scrimmage against Segerstrom Friday. The regular-season opener is also at home, against Bolsa Grande on Sept. 9.
"We want to play those Irvine schools," Bargas said. "We raise the bar every year. I came here with a mission to get a ring, eventually."