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High School Football: Mistakes hurt Estancia

Eagles commit seven turnovers, and their season ends against Los Amigos in the first round of CIF.

November 09, 2012|By Matt Szabo

COSTA MESA — By the time the Estancia High football team finally got in the end zone Friday night at Jim Scott Stadium, the home fans were more than a little restless.

After senior quarterback Brad Wilson ran in the conversion run, those fans did not see the Eagles' tally on the scoreboard change from six to eight points.

They yelled to the scoreboard operator to change the points. He had done so, but nobody could see the change, as some of the lights on the scoreboard are apparently burned out.

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It didn't really matter. By that time, visiting Los Amigos was well on its way to turning the lights out on the Eagles' season.

Estancia picked a bad time to play its worst game of the year, and Los Amigos took advantage. The result was a 41-14 loss in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

Los Amigos (8-3) will play host to top-seeded defending champion Corona del Mar in the quarterfinals next week. The Eagles' season is over.

Estancia Coach Mike Bargas struggled to find words to explain Friday night's game, and it was easy to understand why. Estancia committed a season-high seven turnovers, which included five lost fumbles, an interception and a muffed punt.

"Los Amigos played well, and we just could not get it started on either side of the ball," Bargas said. "The football had eyes. We just could not hang onto the football. When we had an opportunity to do something, we coughed it up ... It was terrible. You just can't win football games like that.

"We're in Week 11 of the season, and we shot ourselves in the foot a few times."

The Eagles (7-4) also had trouble stopping Los Amigos senior running back Jerry Saldivar, who rumbled for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Saldivar, who came into the game second in Orange County in rushing yards, is listed at just 5-foot-6, but the shifty back played bigger than that.

The game began to get away from Estancia as early as the second quarter, when the Eagles fumbled the ball in the red zone at the Los Amigos 18-yard line with 6:24 left in the half.

The Lobos, the second-place team from the Garden Grove League, went on a long drive. Junior quarterback Anthony Magana finished it with a 29-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Luis Casas. Estancia senior lineman Adahir Aguilera hit Magana hard on the play, but he was just able to get off the pass.

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