To be the best, Coach Mike Bargas believes his Estancia High football team must face the best. He didn't need to go far to find the top program from the CIF Southern Section Southern Division last year.
Corona del Mar is only a 15-minute drive from Estancia. The Eagles are making the short trip to scrimmage the defending section champion Sea Kings on Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.
"We were a week short of locking horns with those guys," said Bargas, referring to last year, when he led the Eagles to the semifinals. "I want our kids to get a feel for what it's going to take to be at the top and learn from it."
Bargas isn't satisfied with last season, even though it turned out to be a historic one for Estancia.
The Eagles reached the semifinals of the playoffs for the first time. They went undefeated in league for the second straight year, another first.