Two-minute Drill

October 17, 2011
  • A host of Estancia tacklers including Deion Haywood, 2, Adahir Aguilera, 69, and Gabriel Carpio, 80, take down Laguna Beach QB Larry Stewart.
A host of Estancia tacklers including Deion Haywood,… (Don Leach, unknown )

In the week leading up to Friday's Orange Coast League opener, Estancia High football coach Mike Bargas, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Dave Holland and the rest of the staff developed a plan to counter Laguna Beach's deceptive Wing-T offense.

The Eagles defense limited a Laguna rushing attack that had gone for 2,083 yards and was averaging 416 yards per game, to a mere 133 in the visitors' 35-14 victory.

The Breakers' top back, Drake Martinez, the younger brother of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, came into the game with 861 yards and a gaudy 13.3 average. Martinez went for 93 yards on 12 carries against the Eagles.

The Breakers' Norton Penney, who came in averaging nearly 11 yards a carry, got 34 yards on eight attempts.

Estancia's defense held Laguna nearly 40 points below its previous 53.4-points-per-game average, including zero points after halftime.

Estancia's Alex Rodriguez's tackle capped a goal-line stand to end the first half and Kevin Peters, Alipa Peters, Levi Stillman, Ozzy Magana, Adahir Aguilera, Deionte Haywood, Milton Guiterrez and Andy Ugalde also stood out for the Ealges' defense.


"I thought we were out of sorts a bit in the first half while trying to adjust to all the chaos that was going on in their backfield," Bargas said "But we did a real nice job in the second half. Laguna's a good team and to hold that offense to just 14 points is something."

It took Costa Mesa High senior running back Mario Smith just six games to reach the 1,000-yard mark in rushing.

Smith has 1,050 yards after Mesa's 59-7 win over Godinez in an Orange Coast League opener Friday. He has needed just 104 carries to get there, an average of 10.1 per carry.

Smith had a season-high 226 yards and three touchdowns against Godinez, including touchdown runs of 68, 65 and 60 yards. The transfer from Silverado High in Victorville added to his season total of 12 touchdowns, including at least one in every game.

Costa Mesa Coach Wally Grant was around future pros like DeShaun Foster and Frostee Rucker while he was defensive coordinator at Tustin High, as well as current Stanford running back Anthony Wilkerson. Grant had high praise for Smith.

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