After Coach Mike Bargas led Estancia High to its first outright football league title in 21 years, he left it up to his assistants to predict who the Eagles might see in the playoffs.
They guessed wrong.
While the other three local programs in the CIF Southern Section playoffs are not as familiar with their respective first-round opponents, Estancia clearly knows the team it plays Friday at 7 p.m. The Eagles open Southern Division play against Beckman, a team that beat them, 31-0, last month.
The Orange Coast League champion Eagles get no easy first-round home game, which most teams winning a league crown usually earn. Bargas said he was disappointed with the section pairing Estancia with Beckman on Sunday, when the CIF released its playoff brackets.
"We didn't expect to play those guys again," Bargas said. "They didn't do us any favors.
"But we get a second opportunity to play them. They're a different team [since the first meeting] and so are we."