SANTA ANA — Omar Gutierrez had a fever, and the prescription wasn't for more cowbell.
The Estancia High senior tight end/linebacker had the chills during football practice Wednesday, and he got home and he wasn't feeling any better.
"I get home and I just had a fever," Gutierrez said. "I woke up and I still had a fever."
Gutierrez, who has been coming back from a deep bruise in his lower back, gutted it out Thursday night after missing school during the day. He wore a hoodie all night, trying to keep his strength.
Coach Mike Bargas said he didn't think Gutierrez would play. By the end of the game, Gutierrez and the Eagles made the host Godinez Grizzlies feel the sickest.
Gutierrez caught two touchdown passes from senior quarterback John Diego, and Estancia dominated in the second half for a 42-14 Orange Coast League victory at Segerstrom High.