Estancia High junior tailback Robert Murtha earned the Orange Coast League Offensive Player of the Year award in football for the second straight year after leading the program to new heights in league and in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Murtha rushed for 2,216 yards and 20 touchdowns and lifted the Eagles (10-3, 5-0 in league) to back-to-back undefeated league titles for the first time and to the semifinals of the Southern Division playoffs, the furthest the school has ever advanced in the postseason.
Estancia senior defensive end Andy Ugalde received the Lineman of the Year award after producing 13 sacks and 105 tackles. He also recovered three fumbles and caused two fumbles.
Estancia senior defensive tackle Alipa Peters shared the Defensive Player of the Year award after finishing with 104 tackles. Peters, a repeat first-team pick, sacked the quarterback four times, recovered two fumbles and caused two fumbles.
Murtha, Ugalde and Peters helped the Eagles win their first postseason game since 1980, win back-to-back postseason games for the first time, and post their second 10-win season.