Eagles' season ends

High School Football

Estancia leads twice early on, but visiting Beckman dominates most of the way to advance to next week's CIF title game.

December 02, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
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COSTA MESA — At the start of the biggest football game in Estancia High's history, the scoreboard showed the wrong team playing at home Friday.

Not much went right on the scoreboard and on the field for the Eagles.

In their first appearance in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Eagles did not look ready for this stage. The visiting team, Beckman, had been here the year before and it showed.

Heading into this year, Estancia's last postseason win was 31 years ago. Not many picked Estancia to reach this round before the season.

For the Patriots, the expectations were high. They were favorites to return to their second straight Southern Division finale.

The top-seeded Patriots are heading back to the big dance after routing fourth-seeded Estancia, 57-21, at Jim Scott Stadium.

The section title game next week will feature two Pacific Coast League teams. Beckman (11-2), the Pacific Coast League champion, faces second-seeded CdM (11-2), the league runner-up.


At one point, the Eagles (10-3) appeared they might have a say in which team was playing at Orange Coast College for the section crown. Orange Coast League champion Estancia led twice, 3-0, at the start of the first quarter, and, 10-7, at the start of the second quarter.

Then in the final 11 minutes, 22 seconds of the first half, the Patriots rolled up 29 points. Beckman took a 36-13 lead, and by halftime, Estancia gave up the most points it had allowed in a game this season.

"It did [get away from us]," Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said of the second quarter.

"We hung with them as long as we could. We had a couple of bad turnovers and they broke through [by scoring two touchdowns off them in the second quarter]."

How the Patriots blew the game open was a surprise.

The game plan wasn't to beat the Eagles through the air, but quarterback Cameron Biedgoly did just that. He used his legs, scrambling to buy time and his receivers moved downfield, alone for the most part.

Biedgoly completed touchdown passes of 64 and 79 yards in less than a five-minute span in the second quarter. The way No. 19 threw the ball, he looked like Johnny Unitas in that all-white uniform.

"We didn't get any heat [on him]," said Bargas, who saw Biedgoly throw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and rush for a touchdown.

The Patriots tend to pound their way to wins. And with a big lead, Beckman unleashed its double-wing attack to secure its 10th straight victory.

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