High School Football: TWO-MINUTE DRILL

September 03, 2012
  • Estancia High senior Robert Murtha surpassed 4,000 yards rushing for his career on Friday.
Estancia High senior Robert Murtha surpassed 4,000 yards… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

For the third straight year, the Estancia High football team opened with a shutout win. The Eagles took out Loara, 17-0, on Friday night at Jim Scott Stadium.

Coach Mike Bargas' Eagles opened 2010 with a 55-0 victory over Bolsa Grande, and opened last year with a 56-0 win, also over Bolsa Grande.

The victory over Loara was also notable as it was Estancia's first over the Saxons in program history. Loara had a 4-0 record against Estancia coming into Friday's game, though all of the four previous games were played in the 1960s.

The Costa Mesa High football team has been able to move the ball against Santiago under second-year Coach Wally Grant.

Last year, the Mustangs rushed for 266 yards in a 42-7 victory. On Thursday, they were able to spread the ball around in a 45-14 win at Jim Scott Stadium.

Running back Justin Smith had 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns. But the passing game was also nearly perfect, as senior quarterback Noah JeyaRajah completed nine of 10 passes for 194 yards. The lion's share went to Markiece Traylor, who had 184 receiving yards and three long touchdown catches.


Costa Mesa (1-1) was efficient. The Mustangs averaged more than a first down a play, totaling 403 yards on 40 plays from scrimmage.

Newport Harbor's schedule gets a lot tougher after it dropped its season opener to Trabuco Hills, 27-21, at home on Thursday.

The Sailors play host to Loyola of Los Angeles on Friday. The Cubs are the Tars' second straight CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division opponent. The following two weeks, Newport Harbor is at home against Back Bay rival Corona del Mar, the defending Southern Division champion, and San Clemente, the Pac-5 Division runner-up.

Coach Jeff Brinkley wasn't thinking ahead, not after Newport Harbor started the season with a loss for the second straight year. That had never happened, back-to-back season-opening losses, during his 27 years with the Sailors, until now.

"We had a couple of opportunities obviously late in that [first] half … and we didn't get in," said Brinkley, referring to the Sailors turning the ball over on downs near the red zone with 65 seconds to go before halftime.

Newport Harbor turned the ball over four times (two interceptions and two fumbles).

Corona del Mar High kicked off the season with a 21-12 setback to Laguna Hills on Friday at Newport Harbor High, ending the Sea Kings' 11-game winning streak in season openers.

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