Eagles come close

High School Football

Estancia nearly pulls of second upset in as many weeks, but Beckman holds on for key division win.

October 06, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Coach Mike Bargas called Estancia High's football game on Thursday night the toughest of the season.

That is saying a lot since it was his team's fifth game of the season.

The contest was at home and against Beckman, a CIF Southern Section Southern Division finalist last year. Estancia showed Bargas that it has closed the gap with the upper-echelon programs in the division.

Estancia tried to pull of its second upset in as many weeks. The sixth-ranked Eagles came close before falling to the No. 2 Patriots, 12-10, at Jim Scott Stadium.

The game turned out much different from the previous two games against Beckman (3-2). Estancia (3-2) made it competitive from start to finish.

"I'm disappointed that we weren't able to win the football game. But the kids … never gave up," said Bargas, whose team last season was outscored, 87-22, in two losses to Beckman, one came in the first round of the playoffs. "It was a two-point game. The defense played awesome. They were stalwarts the whole game.


"I knew this was going to be a dogfight."

Yards were hard to chew on the ground. No team rushed for more than 100 yards in the nonleague game.

The passing game and field position was the difference. Beckman had quarterback Cameron Biedgoly and the field position.

The senior threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter and he handled the punting duties. Biedgoly punted seven times, three pinned Estancia inside its own 10-yard line in the first half.

The Eagles, who lost the field position, still led, 3-0, at halftime.

Two mistakes in the third quarter hurt Estancia. A penalty on a fourth-and-one near midfield forced the Eagles to punt, instead of going for the first down.

Six plays later, Beckman found the end zone. Biedgoly hit wide receiver James Kaprielian on a 52-yard touchdown pass midway through the third, giving the Patriots a 6-3 lead.

Ninety-four seconds later, the Eagles committed another blunder. The punter booted the ball six yards for the second time.

The second six-yard punt cost the Eagles six points in the third quarter. Beckman went ahead, 12-3, on Biedgoly's 24-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Molina. The Patriots needed Biedgoly's arm because for the third straight game they played without standout running back Jeff Kim.

"It's been tough," said Biedgoly of playing without Kim, who rushed for 1,715 yards and scored 18 touchdowns last year as a junior. "But we've come together as a family and we're just playing it day by day to see when he comes back."

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