Two-minute Drill

November 11, 2010

The Estancia High football team is one step away from winning an outright league title for the first time in 21 years.

Estancia got closer after beating host Calvary Chapel, 48-27, Thursday at Jim Scott Stadium, improving its Orange Coast League record to 4-0.

Estancia closes out the regular season at home Friday against Costa Mesa in the Battle for the Bell rivalry game. With a victory against the Mustangs, Estancia can wrap up its first undefeated league crown since 1989, when the program finished 5-0 in the Sea View League.


Estancia has already clinched the league's No. 1 berth into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs because it holds the head-to-head edge against Godinez (3-1 in league). Estancia beat the Grizzlies, 42-14, on Oct. 21.

Even if Estancia is upset by Costa Mesa and the Grizzlies beat Calvary Chapel Friday, Coach Mike Bargas' Eagles would share the league title with Godinez. The last time Estancia split the championship was 2007.

A Godinez loss and an Estancia loss, Estancia finishes alone in first place.

**Newport Harbor High announcer Dennis O'Hern was honored for his 45 years as the voice of the Sailors prior to the team's 41-0 victory over Marina on Thursday night.

O'Hern, 69, is a retired history teacher at Newport Harbor. He was given a plaque at the surprise ceremony and received a rousing ovation from the crowd.

"When I first started here in 1965, I had no idea I'd still be doing this 45 years later," O'Hern said.

He said he originally was asked to be a football coach in 1965, but he said no because it would interfere with his hunting and fishing time. But announcing has obviously suited him just fine, and he said he has no plans to hang up his microphone any time soon.

**Corona del Mar High needed a win to clinch at least a tie for the Pacific Coast League championship Friday night, but a date with last-place University prompted a concern from Sea Kings Coach Jason Hitchens about complacency.

"I told [assistant coach] Alex [Solorio] to tell the kids the story about my El Modena team he played on in 1997," Hitchens said before kickoff at Newport Harbor High. "We were in first place in the Century League heading into the final week of the regular season and all we had to do was beat Canyon, which was 0-9, to wrap up the championship. Canyon beats us, 23-0 and instead of getting a home game in the first round of the CIF playoffs, we end up going to Brea Olinda, where we lost [31-11]."

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