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Two-minute Drill

December 05, 2011
  • Estancia High's Brad Wilson, right, and Henry Vasquez celebrate after they connected for a touchdown pass Friday in CIFsemifinal loss to Beckman.
Estancia High's Brad Wilson, right, and Henry Vasquez… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Corona del Mar High's starting defense, which was lifted in the fourth quarter of the Sea Kings' 41-14 CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal football win at Laguna Beach on Friday, held the Breakers to no points.

Laguna Beach, which came in averaging 47.8 points per game, scored on a kickoff return and a late touchdown pass against the CdM second-team defense.

A big reason for that success was the play of a senior quartet of linebackers that has been leading the defense all season.

"They are a great group of 'backers," CdM Coach Scott Meyer said of the inside duo of David Moore and Grant Garrett, and the outside tandem of Aaron White and Frasier Anderson. "I'm not sure of another team that has four as good as those four."

White made three sacks to up his season total to 16. He shares the team lead in tackles (88) with Anderson, who returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown against the Breakers. Anderson has two interceptions, both of which he has returned for touchdowns this season.

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Moore has 82 tackles, including 5.5 sacks, while Garrett has 79 tackles. As a quartet, they have 24 sacks.

The greatest season in Estancia High history ended Friday at home.

The fourth-seeded Eagles lost to top-seeded Beckman, 57-21, in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

Estancia, which began playing varsity football in 1965, recorded many firsts this year. The Eagles reached the semifinals for the first time, won back-to-back postseason games for the first time, and claimed back-to-back undefeated league titles for the first time.

"I'm proud of our kids," said Coach Mike Bargas, who led the Eagles to a 10-3 season, which was the second 10-win season in the program's history.

"We did a lot of good things this year."

The Eagles' playoff run this year started with their first postseason victory since 1980. Estancia's 42-7 opening-round win at home against Magnolia ended an 11-game losing streak in the playoffs.

Beckman stood in the way of Estancia making it to the section final at Orange Coast College. The Patriots return to the big game for the second straight year after defeating the Eagles for the fourth time in two years, twice eliminating Estancia from the playoffs.

CdM's offensive success was overwhelmingly on the ground Friday, as they amassed 448 of their 517 yards via the rush. Senior tailback Erik Fisher collected 298 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries.

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