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Two-minute Drill

October 24, 2011

The Estancia High football team had a "Rudy" moment at the end of its 35-7 Orange Coast League triumph over visiting Godinez on Friday.

Senior Alex Tenno, whom Coach Mike Bargas said before the game is better than the former Notre Dame walk-on celebrated in the 1993 movie, in terms of a seldom-used player whose work ethic and drive inspires his teammates, upended a running back for no gain on the game's final play.

During warmups, junior starting defensive tackle Kevin Peters, who had asked Bargas to say a few words to the defensive linemen, made an impassioned speech to his peers. Peters, whom Bargas said seldom speaks a word, shouted at the center of a huddle of players about wanting to dominate, so Tenno, a defensive back, could get a chance to play.


Tenno's tackle sparked loud cheers from Estancia players as they streamed onto the field.

Corona del Mar High did not need extra motivation coming into its homecoming game Friday at Newport Harbor High.

But wearing throwback jerseys — light blue with dark blue numbers — certainly was an added bonus prior to the Sea Kings' 35-0 Pacific Coast League victory over Irvine.

Senior quarterback Brent Lawson said CdM (6-1, 2-0 in league) wore its usual dark blue jersey during warmups before returning to the locker room right before the game.

"Coach surprised us," Lawson said. "They were all laid out in the locker room. Everyone had their own jersey. He bought them for all of us, and we get to keep them. It's so fun. It was a good surprise for all the guys, and it got everybody pumped up."

Coach Scott Meyer said he thought the jerseys were fitting as CdM celebrated its 50th homecoming.

The Costa Mesa High defense has flexed its muscle the last three weeks.

The Mustangs have given up only seven points in their last three outings and posted their second 61-0 shutout in two weeks when they pummeled Saddleback on Friday at Santa Ana Bowl. While the offense was in high-gear all night, the defense not only put the clamps on the Roadrunners, but also added its mark to the scoreboard.

Late in the first quarter, junior outside linebacker Noah JeyaRajah scooped up a fumble caused by senior defensive end Jake Comer and returned it three yards for a touchdown.

Senior cornerback Marcus Hayes also came up with an interception in the second half.

The defense's aggressiveness pleased Coach Wally Grant.

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