IRVINE — Estancia High Coach Mike Bargas said his football team has to clean up the mess.
The offensive side did not help the Eagles Thursday night as they lost to University, 13-6, suffering their second straight loss.
Estancia's defense has done its job during the skid, while the offense has only mustered 19 points.
The Eagles (1-2) went scoreless in the final three quarters of the nonleague game at Irvine High. Out of the last eight quarters, opponents have shut out Estancia five times.
Despite turning the ball over twice in the final 7 minutes, 3 seconds of the game, Estancia's defense gave its offense a shot at the end to come from behind and win.
Defensive lineman Juan Mejia was a big reason for the late opportunity. He was everywhere, helping Estancia hold University's run game to a measly 16 yards on 19 carries before leaving the game with three minutes left to play with an ankle injury.