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.