Two-minute Drill

October 25, 2010
  • Costa Mesa High's Jake Comer (11), left, catches a pass over the shoulder of Saddleback's Aaron Manzo (31) during Friday's game at Jim Scott Satium.
Costa Mesa High's Jake Comer (11), left, catches… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)


Estancia High football Coach Mike Bargas said he challenged his team leading up to Thursday's 42-14 Orange Coast League victory over Godinez. He wanted a big special teams play and Matt Carlyle delivered, helping spoil the Grizzlies' homecoming game and keep Estancia in first place.

The senior's 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the second quarter gave the Eagles a 14-7 halftime lead. And, though Carlyle had another kickoff return for a touchdown called back on the second-half kickoff, fellow senior Cameron Collins had a 51-yard kickoff return just minutes later.

That got the ball to the Godinez 40-yard line, giving Estancia momentum in what was then a 14-14 tie. The Eagles (3-4, 2-0 in league) went on to score touchdowns on each of their next four possessions.

"That's big when you get special teams as a little bit of a weapon, too," Bargas said. "We had some blocks up front, and Matt and Cameron have some good little speed. That was huge. I wouldn't call our kids fast but they play smart."


Corona del Mar High senior quarterback Mitch Gardner threw half of his 12 completions to junior Josh Giger in the Sea Kings' 28-23 Pacific Coast League win at Irvine High Thursday night.

And while Giger came into the game with only two receptions, it's no secret why he and Gardner showed a clear comfort level with one another against the Vaqueros.

The two Sea Kings, who are cousins, have been hooking up for years. They are not only related, but they grew up on the same street, seven houses apart.

Gigor's first catch Friday went for 22 yards to help set up the Sea Kings' first touchdown and he had catches on three subsequent CdM touchdown drives, including two on third down to move the chains.

Costa Mesa High played the first of four straight games at Jim Scott Stadium on Friday.

The Mustangs got off to a good start at their home venue, picking up their first Orange League victory when they beat Saddleback, 28-15.

Costa Mesa (2-5, 1-1 in league) on Thursday faces Calvary Chapel (6-1, 2-0), ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll. The Eagles will be the home team in the game.

Costa Mesa is 7-0 all-time against Calvary Chapel, outscoring the Eagles, 211-41, during the series.

For the first time since 2007, Newport Harbor suffered a shutout in Sunset League play, losing to Los Alamitos, 30-0, Thursday at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.

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