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Estancia Football Preview

October 26, 2011

Estancia (5-2, 2-0 in league) vs. Saddleback (0-7, 0-2)

When/where: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Segerstrom High

Key Eagles: Jr. RB Robert Murtha (1,077 yards rushing, nine TDs); Sr. LT Zach Bateman; Sr. DE Andy Ugalde (54 tackles, eight sacks).

Key Roadrunners: Jr. RB Eddie Arvizu (152 yards rushing); Sr. RB Lawrence Quintana (222 yards rushing); Sr. RB/DB Curtis Kirshner (36 tackles).

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Breakdown: Estancia, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, looks to stay in first place in the Orange Coast League … The Eagles are heavy favorites against Saddleback, which is 0-7 in the league since joining it last year … Saddleback, which lost to Costa Mesa, 61-0, last week, has lost 16 straight games overall since opening 2010 with a 19-15 victory over Rancho Alamitos … The Roadrunners have been outscored by a combined 297-14 this year … Last year Estancia beat Saddleback, 35-6, behind a career-high 302-yard rushing game from Murtha … Saddleback leads the teams' all-time series, 9-5 … Coach Mike Bargas said junior receiver/defensive back Ben Beck (foot) will miss his third straight game.

— Matt Szabo

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