"My biggest concern was that I didn't know what they were going to throw at us on the first play, if they were going to bring the whole house," Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said. "We went a double-pass on that play … I'm thinking what if they bring the guy and hurt our quarterback or something like that? I went with the gadget play, and that's usually not my cup of tea, but I thought I'd take the shot and it was open."
The Eagles did not need gadgets for the rest of the game. They were still almost mechanical in their efficiency.
Estancia blanked Saddleback, 51-0, at Segerstrom High, staying in first place in league with two games to go in the Eagles' quest for back-to-back league titles.
Defensively the Eagles (6-2, 3-0) dominated the Roadrunners (0-8, 0-3). Estancia, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, held Saddleback to no first downs in its first four possessions. Saddleback finally moved the chains on a trick play of its own, a double-reverse flea flicker from quarterback Eduardo Bernal to Eddie Arvizu.
By then Estancia had a 30-0 lead, the last touchdown coming after Eagles junior middle linebacker Colby Koste deflected a pass into the air deep in Roadrunners territory. Stillman grabbed it and took it 18 yards to the house.
"We were just all working as one," said senior defensive end Andy Ugalde, who helped stop four Saddleback runs for no gain or negative yardage in the first half.
Senior safety Milton Gutierrez also had an interception for the Eagles, who possessed a potent ground attack. Robert Murtha had 112 yards on just eight carries — all in the first half — and scored two touchdowns. Fellow junior Deionte Haywood had 74 yards rushing and also added two scores.