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Estancia earns second straight shutout as offense comes alive in nonleague win Friday night.

September 08, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — What a difference a week has made for the Estancia High football team.

In its Aug. 31 season opener against Loara, the Eagles were in a scoreless game at the half with the Saxons. Friday at Ocean View, they had already put the game away by that time.

Estancia was clicking on all cylinders against the Seahawks, had touchdowns set up in nearly every way, and coasted to a 45-0 nonleague victory. It was the second straight shutout for Estancia.

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After the Eagles scored for the final time early in the second half, the game went to a running clock with 8:06 left in the third quarter. By then, the damage had been done. The Eagles had the opportunity to play their backups the rest of the way.

Estancia Coach Mike Bargas chalked up the one game turnaround, to a great week of practice put in by his players. He also put aside an opponent he had yet to defeat.

"First of all, I got a monkey off my back," said Bargas who is in his sixth year as head coach. "This is the third time I've had a team play Ocean View, but it's the first time we've won this game.

"I'm very proud of our kids. We didn't play the way we had hoped to against Loara, but the kids came out to practice this week and worked hard. They were really focused. I thought we played great across the board, on defense, special teams, and on offense. It was a real good win."

There was no such slow start this week for Estancia, as the third-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division looked sharp from the outset. The Eagles (2-0) scored on all five of their offensive series in the first half to take complete control. For good measure, they scored on their first possession of the second half, to put the game away.

It started with a short, 39-yard yard drive on their first series, set up after the defense forced Ocean View to three-and-out on its first series, and by a 13-yard punt return by Ben Beck. A 14-yard run by Robert Murtha was followed by a 24-yard sprint by the senior running back who tip-toed along the sideline before going out a yard short of the goal line. On the next play, quarterback Brad Wilson scored on a keeper. Dan Cabrera tacked on the first of his six conversion kicks, and the Eagles had a 7-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

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