Two-minute Drill

October 10, 2011
  • Estancia High's Andy Ugalde, left, and Kevin Peters team up to tackle Beckman High quarterback Cameron Biedgoly on Thursday.
Estancia High's Andy Ugalde, left, and Kevin Peters… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The press box at Newport Harbor High was named after longtime Daily Pilot sports reporter/editor Roger Carlson on Thursday night, before Newport Harbor's football game against Mira Costa.

After the Sailors won, 33-3, Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said Carlson is definitely deserving of the honor.

"Roger's a great guy," Brinkley said. "I love Roger. When I got the job at Newport [in 1986], he was the first guy that took me out to lunch."

Brinkley said he believes the lunch was at the now-gone The Barn, on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.

"We had a nice meeting and I felt we were close from that point on," Brinkley said. "I'm really happy for him. He's a good man."

Estancia High came close to upsetting a second straight ranked team from the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.

The sixth-ranked Eagles lost at home to No. 2-ranked Beckman, 12-10, Thursday, but Coach Mike Bargas said the effort against a section finalist from last year gave Estancia confidence.


"Last year, we played them twice [both losses]," said Bargas, whose team was outscored by Beckman, 87-22, last year. "I'm just really proud of our kids for the way they battled."

Next for Estancia (3-2) is the Orange Coast League opener.

The defending league champions visit No. 5-ranked Laguna Beach (5-0) Friday at 7 p.m.

For the second straight week, Sage Hill School was shut out.

The Lightning fell at Poly of Pasadena, 28-0, Friday, to suffer their fourth straight loss. Sage Hill (1-4) has been outscored, 171-21, during the skid.

This marks Sage Hill's longest losing streak under Coach J.R. Tolver, who's in his third year at the helm. Three of the losses have come against ranked opponents.

The last time Sage Hill dropped four games in a row was three years ago, when it went on to finish 2-8 and missed the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs.

The offensive line was an area of strength for Newport Harbor against Mira Costa.

This was true despite the Sailors still missing two regulars: senior guards Ted Barry and Hamilton Randle. Barry missed his third straight game with a broken fibula, while Randle is also out with a leg injury suffered against San Clemente.

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