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High School Football Preview: Estancia vs. Irvine

September 19, 2013

Estancia (1-1) vs. Irvine (2-0)

When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Irvine High

Key Eagles: Jr. RB Christian Laurent; Sr. FB-LB Jackson Letterman; Jr. OLB Ronnie Urquiza; Jr. WR-S Dalton O'Daly.

Key Vaqueros: Jr. RB Mikey Filia; Jr. QB Nathan Arellano; So. RB Josh Gray.

Breakdown: The host Vaqueros are ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division and are trying to open 3-0 for the second straight year ... Irvine topped the Eagles, 20-18, last fall and have won five in a row in the series, after Estancia won the first three meetings ... Estancia's last win over Irvine came in 1980 ... Laurent rushed for 222 yards in Estancia's 41-14 win over Ocean View ... The Eagles have been outscored this season, 45-41, while Irvine has outscored foes, 54-12 ... Irvine defeated Loara, 27-9, a week after the Saxons trounced Estancia, 35-0 ... Estancia junior running back-linebacker Tyler Thomas is the son of former Irvine star tight end Chris Thomas, who went on to play at Wichita State ... Irvine linebackers coach Gabe Cota was a baseball catcher at Orange Coast College ... Irvine offensive line coach Zaverio Brenner is a former assistant coach at Newport Harbor High.

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