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Two-minute Drill

November 15, 2010
  • Sage Hill School senior Taylor Ross set the school's single-season record for rushing yards.
Sage Hill School senior Taylor Ross set the school's… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

The Estancia High football team has accomplished something it last did 21 years ago.

The Eagles are outright league champions after going undefeated in Orange Coast League play.

Estancia owns the league and bragging rights in the city of Costa Mesa after defeating rival Costa Mesa, 35-6, in the Battle for the Bell at Jim Scott Stadium Friday.

The previous time the Eagles finished 5-0 in league play was in 1989, when they claimed the Sea View League crown. Estancia won its fourth league title in the football program's history, and half of them have come under Coach Mike Bargas.

Bargas, who is in his fourth year at Estancia, led the Eagles to a share of the league championship in his first season in 2007. The Eagles capped their perfect league season by ending a two-game losing streak to the Mustangs in the rivalry game and ruining Costa Mesa's CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff hopes.

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Estancia (6-4) opens the postseason Friday at home against Beckman (5-5), an at-large entry from the Pacific Coast League. The first-round game is a tough draw for the Eagles.

Beckman beat Estancia, 31-0, on Oct. 8 at Tustin High. That game ended a three-game stretch in nonleague play in which the Eagles went winless and were outscored, 75-13.

With the game and the outright Pacific Coast League title on the line, Corona del Mar High defensive end Alex Herrera gave it all he had when he went on the hunt tracking Beckman quarterback Cameron Biedgoly Friday at Tustin High.

Herrera's hot pursuit happened on a two-point-conversion attempt, with 53 seconds left to play, and the Sea Kings clinging to a 17-15 lead.

"I was held pretty good on the play but I was zoned in on taking him down," said the 5-foot-9, 200-pound senior. "I wasn't giving up."

Herrera chased Biedgoly toward the Beckman sideline and forced the 6-3 junior to stop and throw high into the end zone, just before stepping out of bounds. Biedgoly threw toward running back Zack Rivera who leaped for the ball which trickled off his finger tips and fell incomplete.

Game over.

Or so thought Herrera.

"I watched the whole play and thought, 'Yes, we won!' he said. "Then I realized that there would still be an onside kick. We needed to make one more play."

On the ensuing onside kick CdM junior Aaron White recovered after a mad scramble, allowing the Sea Kings to run out the clock.

With a strong playoff run, Sage Hill school could stake its claim as the best in the school's nine-year varsity history.

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