Eagles blank Mustangs

Estancia scores early in each half and limits Mesa to 100 yards of offense in Mini Battle for the Bell.

October 04, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
  • Estancia's Tyler Chacon, left, stiff arms Costa Mesa's Cameron Curet during the freshman Battle for the Bell football game at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.
Estancia's Tyler Chacon, left, stiff arms Costa… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

COSTA MESA — While their coach ditched his prescribed crutches soon after kickoff, Estancia High freshman football players had their legs under them for four quarters on Thursday against visiting Costa Mesa.

The Eagles scored on their first possession of each half and went on to claim an 18-0 victory in the Mini Battle for the Bell, also the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, at Jim Scott Stadium.

Tailback Tyler Chacon led the offense with 78 yards on 13 rushing attempts for Estancia (2-4, 1-0 in the Orange Coast League) and the defense posted its second shutout of the season with a dominant performance.

Costa Mesa (2-4, 0-1) managed zero yards rushing after halftime (16 attempts) and finished with 100 total yards while suffering its fourth straight shutout.

Inside linebacker Jordan Aviles, who regularly found his way into the Mustangs' backfield, took the ball from the quarterback, who was in the midst of handing off, and returned the fumble 53 yards for a touchdown just two plays after Costa Mesa recovered an onside kickoff to open the second half.


Tackle Juan Lozada, end Will Huipe and linebacker Sam Cruz recorded sacks for Estancia, for which Aviles, Omar Gutierrez, Konrad O'Daly, D.J. Davis and Huipe also made tackles for losses.

Cesar Andrade intercepted a pass for the Eagles, for whom Juan Colin and Israel Arroyo-Avonce were also defensive playmakers.

"I'm really happy for these guys," said Estancia Coach Tim Sweet, who underwent surgery Tuesday to remove an errant piece of a left-knee replacement that was done on June 27. "They needed to come out and do this."

Sweet said he felt similarly duty bound, despite noticeably hobbling a little more than 48 hours after surgery.

"I have to be out here for [the players]," said Sweet, who noted he was medically cleared to coach on crutches that sat leaning against the bench most of the game. "It's all about accountability with these guys. That's what I teach them and that's the kind of thing I have to stand by. I couldn't be away from the team."

The Eagles could not be held out of the end zone from the outset. After a 10-play Mesa procession that could not overcome a 27-yard holding penalty, Estancia marched 64 yards on 12 plays, 10 of which were bruising runs by Chacon and/or Cruz.

Chacon eventually capped the march with a one-yard touchdown run, but the first of three two-point conversion attempts failed with about eight minutes left before halftime (official time was kept by the officials on the field).

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