Estancia now a champ

Coach Bargas' Eagles clinch at least a share of Orange Coast League title behind stellar effort by Murtha Thursday night.

November 04, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
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COSTA MESA — No one can call Robert Murtha a "Boy" anymore. The sophomore has grown into a one-man wrecking ball in his first year as a starter at Estancia High.

Stay out of the running back's way, or he might run you over on his way to the end zone.

Calvary Chapel found out the hard way in an Orange Coast League game Thursday night at Jim Scott Stadium.

Murtha ran all over host Calvary Chapel, recording four first-half touchdowns and finishing with 211 yards on 27 carries to help Estancia clinch at least a share of the league title with a 48-27 victory.

If Estancia had not pulled Murtha early in the third quarter, he might have recorded his second straight 300-yard game on the ground and broken the school's single-game rushing record of 324 yards. There is far more important business for Estancia next week on the same field.


Estancia has a shot to win its first outright league crown in 21 years. Murtha and his teammates can close out league play undefeated the same way the last Estancia team did in 1989.

Estancia (5-4, 4-0 in league) can do it against cross-town rival Costa Mesa in the Battle for the Bell game.

"We're one week away from doing something [special]," Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said. "I know [Murtha's] probably a little disappointed in [not getting a chance in the second half to get the record], but we need to be hitting on all cylinders for next week and the [CIF Southern Section Southern Division] playoffs.

"We can't afford to get him hurt."

Murtha was the one punishing the defense on Thursday, making sure Estancia wrapped up its second league title since 2007.

Calvary Chapel (6-3, 2-2), ranked No. 9 in the Southern Division poll, tried its best to bring down the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Murtha. He just ran right through defenders, and around them, scoring three touchdowns in the first 12 minutes of action.

The second score of the night matched Murtha's No. 34 jersey. A defender tried to trip him up inside the 30-yard line, but Murtha kept trucking.

Murtha produced Estancia's first four touchdowns. The offensive line, featuring left tackle Zach Bateman, left guard, Givraan Gutierrez, center Diego Moya, right guard Tony Toledo, right tackle Christopher Thomas, dominated Calvary Chapel so much that it seemed like Murtha might score every touchdown for Estancia.

Other teammates got involved in the second quarter. Cameron Collins intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

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