Two-minute Drill

September 19, 2011

The Corona del Mar High football team enters the 50th Battle of the Bay with a lot of momentum.

The Sea Kings improved to 3-0 after coming from behind for the second straight week, beating visiting Western, 22-21, Thursday.

Next for CdM, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, is the biggest game in town against Back Bay rival Newport Harbor (0-2) on Friday at Orange Coast College. The teams are heading in different directions, but the Sailors have won the last four Battle of the Bay meetings.

Coach Scott Meyer, in his first year at CdM, is well aware of how one-sided the rivalry has been.

"It really hasn't been much of a rivalry historically because Newport's dominated the game," Meyer said of the Battle of the Bay, in which Newport Harbor holds a 36-13 series edge. "But our kids will be excited. Kids will have a huge crowd there. Hopefully, it's a good game."


The Estancia High football team is 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Coach Mike Bargas gave plenty of credit to his defense after Friday night's come-from-behind 17-14 victory at Buena Park.

With points at a premium, Buena Park could have put Estancia in a big hole after recovering a fumbled kickoff at the Estancia 32-yard line midway through the third quarter. The Coyotes were ahead, 14-7, at the time.

Buena Park used five straight runs by Carlos Mota to get the ball to the 10-yard line, but would eventually turn the ball over on downs.

The Coyotes also got the ball in good field position at their own 42 early in the fourth quarter. They got the ball to the Estancia 35, but the drive stalled and Buena Park was forced to punt. Estancia's next drive, which took just more than four minutes, ended with junior running back Robert Murtha's five-yard touchdown run that knotted the score at 14-14.

"I can't say enough about the defense," Bargas said. "They had their plays, and we knew they were going to have some plays. We were able to shut them down when we needed to."

Costa Mesa High's 56-42 nonleague home win over Katella Thursday gave the Mustangs 98 points in back-to-back games this season. It's the biggest output in consecutive contests since 2003, when the Mustangs combined for 109 points in wins over Ocean View and Santiago.

The Mustangs, 2-1 for the first time since 2003, figure to have some success scoring at Ocean View on Friday. The Seahawks (1-2) lost last week, 73-40, to Laguna Beach and are surrendering and average of 49 points per game this season.

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