Beckman trounces Eagles

Estancia's strong season comes to a close. Murtha gets single-season record.

November 19, 2010|By Barry Faukner,

COSTA MESA — A 56-22 first-round playoff trouncing at the hands of visiting Beckman High made it clear just how far the Estancia football program has to go to compete with the rest of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.

But in the immediate aftermath of the Eagles' 10th straight postseason loss since their last CIF playoff win in 1980, perhaps those rehashing the 2010 season might do better to focus on just how far Coach Mike Bargas' team came.

This edition of the Eagles swept their five Orange Coast League contests to claim the first outright league title since 1989.


It was the fourth league championship in the program's 46 varsity seasons.

With 81 yards on 24 carries against the Patriots Friday at Estancia High, sophomore tailback Robert Murtha finished his first varsity season with 1,651 rushing yards, breaking the school single-season record of 1,584 yards set by Carlos Mendez in 2007.

"We've made a lot of improvements over the year and my hat's off to our guys," Bargas said. "[The seniors] gave us their all. They're my first four-year group. They set a lot of precedents for us this season. We wanted to get this monkey off our back, but we didn't do it. We just have great kids and they played hard.

"We were just outgunned and we'll go back to the drawing board and try to get better and get past this stuff."

Additional highlights for the hosts included a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior cornerback Jason Anaya and a 79-yard kickoff return by senior Matt Carlyle that set up the Eagles' second touchdown with 1:29 left in the first half.

Senior receiver Miguel Mejia scored the aforementioned touchdown on a 12-yard reception from senior John Diego.

Mejia finished with seven catches for 130 yards, most of those coming from sophomore quarterback Brad Wilson.

Wilson, who took over after halftime, completed nine of 17 for 117 yards.

Senior linebackers Eduardo Lopez and Ozzy Magana, as well as Colby Koste, stood out defensively for the Eagles, as did senior tackle Ivan Banos, senior ends Omar Gutierrez and Juan Mejia, and junior tackle Alipa Peters.

Gutierrez carried two times for 26 yards at tailback and was pressed into service on defense, due to an injury on the opening kickoff. Gutierrez, slowed by injuries this season, including sitting out a 31-0 regular-season loss to Beckman, finished his career with 21 sacks. He earned Newport-Mesa Dream Team laurels as a sophomore and a junior.

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