Eagles pull off stunner

High School Football

Estancia earns a 43-27 win over Northowood, ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Southern Division.

September 29, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — One week Estancia High loses at home to an unranked team from the CIF Southern Section Southern Division. The next one at home, the Eagles beat the No. 3 team in the division.

Go figure.

Coach Mike Bargas said no one believed the No. 10 Eagles could defeat Northwood on Thursday night, except the Eagles. They pulled off a major upset, winning, 43-27, at Jim Scott Stadium.

The victory marked the first against a team from the Pacific Coast League in 11 years. Estancia snapped a 15-game losing streak against opponents from that league. And it meant a lot to Bargas and his program.

"It's a big win for our [Orange Coast League] as a whole," Bargas said. "Obviously, the Pacific Coast League, that division is the one that is the top dog. It's nice for us to rebound from a win that we should've had last week in which we just played stinky [against University]. [Thursday night], the kids were really focused."


The Eagles (3-1) led from the start and the offensive line led the way, allowing Robert Murtha and Alex Trancoso to combine for 311 yards and three touchdowns on the ground against Northwood, which reached the semifinals of the playoffs last year.

The Eagles' defense forced four turnovers, looking for any possible way to slow down Northwood quarterback Ricky Bautista. The Pacific Coast League offensive MVP put up the juggernaut numbers, 369 yards and three touchdowns through the air, much of the stats came in the second half, when Estancia was in control.

Estancia stripped Bautista of the ball twice and defensive back Ben Beck intercepted the senior on the opening drive. Beck returned the pick 46 yards, setting up the game's first score.

By halftime, Estancia led, 22-7. Then the Eagles lost Murtha two minutes into the third quarter with an abdominal strain. The junior went down on the opponent's 30-yard line.

Murtha was a force, rushing for 182 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Without him, Estancia went to Alex Trancoso and he recorded 120 of his 129 yards and his two touchdowns in the second half.

The offensive line, featuring left tackle Zach Bateman, left guard Givraan Gutierrez, center Alejandro Lopez, right guard Adahir Aguilera, right tackle Alvaro Alejandre, and tight end Brandon Kingsley pushed around the Timberwolves (1-3).

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