Estancia stands behind fine line

Eagles welcome back all but one member on the offensive line, but skill positions more in flux.

August 28, 2010|By Matt Szabo,
  • John Diego is set to be starting quarterback for Estancia in 2010.
John Diego is set to be starting quarterback for Estancia… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

With nearly all of the offensive line returning, Estancia High football coach Mike Bargas knows who will be making the holes for the running backs to run through.

Who will be doing most of the running? That's been more up in the air for the Eagles in the weeks leading up to their home scrimmage against Segerstrom on Friday. But Bargas would rather have it this way than the other way around.

"That's huge," Bargas said. "You can coach guys up to be running back, but if you don't have the guys up front? That's why I'm excited about this season in particular. If they can make holes, hopefully you can find a guy who can run through the holes."

The running will commence soon. After the scrimmage, Estancia opens its season at Jim Scott Stadium as well, against Bolsa Grande on Sept. 9.

Here's a position-by-position look at the 2010 Eagles:


Quarterback: Senior John Diego, who backed up Alek Kirshner last year, is penciled in as the starter. Diego, who threw for just 71 yards and an interception in extremely limited action, said he actually left the team for personal reasons after last year, but he returned and played well in summer passing league.

"He's a good leader," Bargas said. "The kids really rally around him."

Cameron Collins, another senior, is also in the mix. So are sophomores Brad Wilson, who transferred from Edison last year, and Anthony Davila, who was the Estancia freshman team quarterback.

The Eagles passed for just 63 yards per game last year, but that could increase.

"We actually have four guys who are pretty good quarterbacks," Bargas said. "It's going to be until the bitter end as far as who's going to start, but right now John Diego is throwing the ball pretty well."

Running back: This is another area of contention, as Alex Abilos and Sean Davis both graduated. Abilos, one of two Newport-Mesa Dream Team players from Estancia last year, was Newport-Mesa's leading rusher with 1,309 yards, and Davis added 561.

Like at quarterback, Bargas said the Eagles again have four guys, none of whom recorded a varsity carry in 2009. Robert Murtha (5-foot-9, 170 pounds), a sophomore who was dominant last year on the freshman level, is probably the favorite to get at least the early-season nod. He is battling for playing time with another sophomore in Deionte' Haywood (6-1, 190).

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