Two-Minute Drill: CdM, Eagles in semis

No. 2-seeded Sea Kings visit Laguna Beach. No. 4-seeded Estancia plays host to Beckman Friday.

November 28, 2011
  • Quarterback Brett Lawson is a key weapon for CdM.
Quarterback Brett Lawson is a key weapon for CdM. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

For the first time in Estancia High history, its football program will play in a CIF Southern Section semifinal playoff game.

The Eagles came from behind to edge Woodbridge, 10-7, in the Southern Division quarterfinals Friday at Irvine High. Estancia has won back-to-back postseason games for the first time.

Fourth-seeded Estancia (10-2) plays host to top-seeded Beckman (10-2) at Jim Scott Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. The two programs met on the same field on Oct. 6, with the Patriots holding on to a 12-10 nonleague victory.

Both teams weren't at full strength back then. Beckman played without standout running back Jeff Kim and Estancia had Ben Beck (foot), a wide receiver and defensive back, Levi Stillman (knee), a receiver and cornerback, and linebacker Colby Koste (leg) out.

Kim is back and so are Beck, Stillman and Koste.

Corona del Mar High is in the midst of another deep playoff run. The Sea Kings made the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals for the third time in four years by defeating Los Amigos, 45-7, on Friday in a quarterfinal game at Jim Scott Stadium.


Each time, the Sea Kings have encountered little resistance in the quarterfinals.

CdM defeated Laguna Beach, 41-0, in the 2008 quarterfinals. Last year in the quarterfinals, CdM rolled past Anaheim, 24-0.

But each year, CdM was tripped up in the semifinals, losing to Mayfair three years ago and Pacific Coast League rival Beckman last year. The Sea Kings will need to beat the Breakers again Friday on the road to return to their first CIF divisional final since 1989.

One of Estancia's longest drives of the year, 15 plays that chewed 7 minutes and 40 seconds off the clock, produced the first points of the quarterfinal game against Woodbridge.

Estancia started on its own 37 with 10:08 left in the third quarter, before deciding to go for a field goal on fourth-and-four on the Warriors' 26. Dan Cabrera had tried a field goal late in the first quarter, missing from 49 yards out.

Coach Mike Bargas never hesitated bringing out Cabrera again. The junior delivered, converting a 43-yard field goal, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

One of the biggest plays during the drive came on fourth-and-four on Woodbridge's 36. The Eagles brought in Kevin Peters, a defensive tackle, and lined him up at fullback.

Peters plowed his way for a first down, gaining four yards.

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