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Wilson stars in win

High School Football

Estancia quarterback throws three touchdown passes, runs for another in shutout that sets up league title showdown.

November 04, 2011|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — There was no letdown, no injuries and no dilly-dallying.

Except for two lost fumbles in the first half and two missed conversions, there was little with which to quibble for Estancia High in its 40-0 Orange Coast League home football victory over Calvary Chapel on Friday that took less than two hours.

The win, a school-record 10th straight against league competition, helped the hosts, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, improve to 7-2, 4-0 in league. It also clinched a guaranteed berth in the CIF playoffs for Estancia and secured the program's best start since a 10-0 regular season in 1989.

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In addition, the win puts the Eagles, the defending league champions, in place for a league title showdown Friday against crosstown rival Costa Mesa, which is also 4-0 against Orange Coast foes.

The annual Battle for the Bell, at Jim Scott Stadium, will decide this year's Orange Coast League crown.

Things were decided quickly Friday, as Estancia scored on its first four possessions to take a 27-0 lead with 7:42 left before halftime.

Junior quarterback Brad Wilson scrambled 55 yards for a touchdown on Estancia's first offensive play, virtually taking any suspense against the visitors (3-6, 1-3) with him on a winding route to the end zone.

Wilson added three touchdown passes, all in the first half, and junior Robert Murtha rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries to go over the 3,000-yard mark for his career (now 3,011). Murtha capped his night with a 16-yard scoring run on the fifth play of the second half. He also scored on a 19-yard screen pass on his team's second possession.

Henry Vasquez and Levi Stillman also fielded Wilson touchdown tosses and Kevin Peters, a defensive tackle who lines up in the backfield in short-yardage situations, rumbled 14 yards on fourth-and-two for the other touchdown.

Estancia also dominated defensively, as Calvary Chapel collected just 103 yards on 44 offensive plays.

Only one of Calvary's 20 rushing attempts gained more than five yards (a 15-yard pickup) and only two of the visitors' 11 completed passes went for double-figure yards, the longest netting 21.

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