High School Football: TWO-MINUTE DRILL

October 01, 2012
  • Levi Stillman has four interceptions in 2012 and nine in the last two seasons for Estancia.
Levi Stillman has four interceptions in 2012 and nine… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Estancia High senior running back Robert Murtha gave credit to his teammates after setting the Newport-Mesa career rushing record in Friday night's 24-18 nonleague football win over Sonora at La Habra High.

Murtha had 105 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He now has 4,398 career rushing yards, surpassing Binh Tran of Costa Mesa, who had 4,333 career yards.

It was a good week for Murtha to get the record, Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said. The Eagles play cross-town rival Costa Mesa in the Battle for the Bell game on Friday night.

"I'm glad that's out of the way," Bargas said. "Now we can just go out and play football … the biggest thing is that we got a win. We were on a two-week skid, and it's nice to get a win."

With field goals of 41, 22 and 21 yards Friday, Corona del Mar senior Grif Amies has nine field goals in four games. He sat out the season opener due to transfer rules, after coming over last season from Newport Harbor.


The CdM single-season record for field goals listed in the program was seven by Brett Hughes in 1983. Amies also has the school record for longest field goal with a 52-yarder on Sept. 7 against Western. The previous mark was a 47-yarder by Brian Vaughan in 1986.

Long after his Newport Harbor High team left for the bus Friday night, Coach Jeff Brinkley and most of his staff stood near the sideline at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. They looked shocked.

Two breakdowns on special teams in a 13-second span midway through the fourth quarter left the Sailors with no chance to beat Mira Costa. Their first road game of the year ended with a 26-14 loss.

"We had a chance," Brinkley said. "Then we let it get away from us."

The Sailors trailed, 17-14, thanks to an 80-yard hookup between quarterback Cole Norris and wide receiver Landon Gyulay 92 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Four minutes later, the game got away from Newport Harbor (2-3).

The snap on a punt sailed over the punter's head and into the back of the end zone for a safety. Mira Costa's lead was now, 19-14.

Thirteen seconds later, the lead grew to 26-14 when Raphael Lawson-Gayle returned the ensuing free kick 69 yards for a touchdown.

Newport Harbor struggled slowing down Lawson-Gayle, who rushed 21 times for 218 yards and one touchdown.

Levi Stillman is listed as a senior wide receiver and cornerback for Estancia. The Eagles are happy that he continues to catch passes from opposing quarterbacks as well as his own.

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