The numbers are down for the Estancia High football team. Fifth-year Coach Mike Bargas said he's at about 70 players for the junior varsity and varsity squads combined, down eight or nine guys from last year.
Attitudes have rarely been more up, though, at Jim Scott Stadium.
"Everyone is real positive, which is nice," Bargas said. "We're also coming off a stinging playoff loss, but I think that guys are fired up about that. We're trying to make a statement during the [nonleague schedule]; hopefully we get a little more done. There's a lot of optimism and good energy out there. We've been relatively healthy. Our numbers are a little down, but I think the talent and the attitude supersede what we've got numbers-wise."
Having a varsity team that won the outright league title, plus a junior varsity team went 8-0, will do that for a program. The Eagles, who open their regular season Sept. 9 at Bolsa Grande, want to keep it going.