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October 8, 2008
A memorial service for Craig Fertig, a former USC quarterback, assistant coach and administrator who coached the Estancia High football team in 2003 and 2004, is scheduled Monday at 2 p.m. at USC’s Galen Center. Fertig, who lived in Newport Beach, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 66. Estancia was 7-13 in his two seasons at the helm. Fertig, involved with USC football for nearly 50 years, is perhaps best known for throwing a touchdown pass to Rod Sherman to cap a late rally in the Trojans’ 1964 victory over then-top-ranked Notre Dame.
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September 21, 2003
It was a great first football game for Estancia High, the right way to start a season. The 24-8 victory over Magnolia a week ago stopped a nine-game skid and established a bright mark in coach Craig Fertig's first game. It's the kind of performance, complete with 339 yards of total offense and a stiff defense that shut down the competition through most of the game, upon which a winning season can be built. Coupled with Friday night's 22-20 victory over Century, and we just may have something special here.
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January 6, 2009
Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, the highly touted quarterback out of Mater Dei High, was named the White team’s MVP after a 27-16 win over the Black team in the Under Armour All-American Game in front of 25,382 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Sunday. Barkley threw for 237 yards, including 151 in the first half, and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 22 pass attempts. “It was a lot of fun to end my high school years that way,” said Barkley, the 6-foot-3, 223-pounder who will enroll at USC later this month.
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November 13, 2003
Patrick Laverty Estancia High football coach Craig Fertig shared his memories of his final high school game with his players Tuesday, letting his core group of seniors know just what they are capable of tonight when the Eagles play Pacifica at Newport Harbor High at 7. It was 1959 -- "Long before your parents were born," Fertig said -- when Fertig helped his Huntington Park High team win a game it wasn't supposed to...
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September 18, 2003
Patrick Laverty Don't expect Estancia High football coach Craig Fertig to change his philosophy going into the Eagles' Week 2 contest against Century at Orange Coast College at 7 p.m. on Friday. "We're going to come out and establish the run again," Fertig said. The Eagles (1-0) piled up 218 yards on the ground in their victory against Magnolia. Now they face a Century team that pounded Bolsa Grande, 51-14. As impressive as that victory might sound, it came at the expense of a school that hasn't won a game since 1999.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
Rick Devereux The Estancia High football team has not played easy opponents, and yet it is 2-2 this year. The Eagles lost the season opener to Corona del Mar, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division IX, and last week's Golden West League opener to Orange, No. 3 in Division VII. Tonight, the team faces host Garden Grove (4-0). The Argonauts, No. 5 in Division IX, have a balanced offensive attack out of a wing-T formation. "They use the split end, so it's not the same as Orange," Coach Craig Fertig said.
NEWS
October 2, 2003
Patrick Laverty Prior to the first two games of the season, Estancia High football coach Craig Fertig said the Eagles needed to assert themselves with a power running game. Estancia won both those games. Going into the third game of the season, Fertig was concerned that teams were going to do everything to stop that power running game. Estancia made some changes to its offensive game plan and it lost. Expect Fertig to revert back to the power running game this week against Ocean View in the Golden West League opener for both teams Friday at 7 p.m. at the Seahawks' new on-campus stadium.
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September 11, 2003
Patrick Laverty It all started so well last season for the Estancia High football team, which defeated Magnolia, 19-8, in the opening week of 2002. But it only went downhill from there as the Eagles scored just eight more touchdowns in their last nine games, losing all nine. For Magnolia, it only continued get to get worse as the Sentinels also finished 1-9. But both schools have renewed hope entering Friday's season opener at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast College, because both teams have new coaches.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
Patrick Laverty Craig Fertig, in his first season as a high school coach, has Estancia High's football team off to a 2-0 start. But the Eagles' toughest test of the young season should come Friday night in their final tuneup before opening Golden West League play next week. Estancia travels to La Palma Park in Anaheim to battle Katella at 7 p.m. The Knights (1-1) will present a different look, and more talent, than either of Estancia's first two opponents.
NEWS
June 18, 2003
Steve Virgen By the time the Estancia High football team ended spring practice Saturday, the Eagles still seemed full of life. This, after enduring a rigorous workout schedule the past three weeks. This, after being challenged to deliver all-out effort during every minute spent with the Estancia coaching staff. There are several reasons why the Estancia football players are so filled with energy, namely Craig Fertig, the school's new coach. Fertig has taken a novel and aggressive approach when dealing with the Eagles.
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January 6, 2009
Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, the highly touted quarterback out of Mater Dei High, was named the White team’s MVP after a 27-16 win over the Black team in the Under Armour All-American Game in front of 25,382 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Sunday. Barkley threw for 237 yards, including 151 in the first half, and two touchdowns, completing 11 of 22 pass attempts. “It was a lot of fun to end my high school years that way,” said Barkley, the 6-foot-3, 223-pounder who will enroll at USC later this month.
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October 8, 2008
A memorial service for Craig Fertig, a former USC quarterback, assistant coach and administrator who coached the Estancia High football team in 2003 and 2004, is scheduled Monday at 2 p.m. at USC’s Galen Center. Fertig, who lived in Newport Beach, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 66. Estancia was 7-13 in his two seasons at the helm. Fertig, involved with USC football for nearly 50 years, is perhaps best known for throwing a touchdown pass to Rod Sherman to cap a late rally in the Trojans’ 1964 victory over then-top-ranked Notre Dame.
NEWS
March 26, 2005
Estancia leaders to blame for the coach's departure Something does not add up in the March 15 article, "Estanica asks Fertig to step aside," regarding Craig Fertig's firing, reassignment or whatever Principal Tom Antal and Athletic Director Tim Parsel would like us to believe is the case. Antal and Parsel are likely correct that the ideal situation in high school athletics is to have a teacher on campus to coach the football team -- or any team, for that matter.
NEWS
December 5, 2004
ROGER CARLSON A funny thing happened on the way to being published last week in the Daily Pilot ... my weekly column, which usually appears on Sunday's, wasn't there. There's a reason. I didn't do one. And, as you may notice in the future, I'm afraid there'll be more blanks. It's not the only thing I've missed in recent weeks. I missed the Battle of the Bay. I missed Estancia's victory over Costa Mesa in Golden West League football. I missed a Hall of Fame dinner at Long Beach State where one of Estancia High's all-time quarterbacks, Jeff Graham, was honored.
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November 21, 2004
ROGER CARLSON Lying flat on his back and virtually helpless with future NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page smothering him, Craig Fertig could only hear what was happening as he and a receiver named Rod Sherman were immortalized in USC football history that Nov. afternoon in 1964 -- 40 years ago, yet still one of the most vivid memories in the university's annals. "It did, it changed my life," said Fertig, a 62-year-old football coach at Estancia High of his touchdown pass with 1:33 left in the game as Sherman caught it at the 3-yard line and twisted into the end zone.
NEWS
November 14, 2004
ROGER CARLSON They had run up and down the field on the Coliseum turf from the start, relentless. Yet all they had for their deeds was the wrong end of a 17-0 halftime score as undefeated and No. 1-ranked Notre Dame humbled the Trojans in the early going before 83,840 that November afternoon in 1964. Thirty minutes remained on the clock before the Irish could claim their first perfect regular season since 1949 and claim the undisputed honor as the nation's No. 1-ranked team in college football.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
Rick Devereux The Estancia High football team has not played easy opponents, and yet it is 2-2 this year. The Eagles lost the season opener to Corona del Mar, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division IX, and last week's Golden West League opener to Orange, No. 3 in Division VII. Tonight, the team faces host Garden Grove (4-0). The Argonauts, No. 5 in Division IX, have a balanced offensive attack out of a wing-T formation. "They use the split end, so it's not the same as Orange," Coach Craig Fertig said.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
Rick Devereux In an age when more and more football coaches are making players more and more specialized -- situational defensive linemen, separate kickers for kickoffs and field goals, blocking tight ends and receiving tight ends -- Estancia High coach Craig Fertig will have none of it. "My philosophy is that the players should learn every position in order to appreciate what their teammates are doing," said Fertig,...
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November 13, 2003
Patrick Laverty Estancia High football coach Craig Fertig shared his memories of his final high school game with his players Tuesday, letting his core group of seniors know just what they are capable of tonight when the Eagles play Pacifica at Newport Harbor High at 7. It was 1959 -- "Long before your parents were born," Fertig said -- when Fertig helped his Huntington Park High team win a game it wasn't supposed to...
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October 12, 2003
Lolita Harper Dirty pairs of Nike and Adidas shoes were tossed haphazardly on the ground outside of Estancia High School Football headquarters. Veteran coach Craig Fertig -- but a rookie at Estancia -- kicked a black one out of his way, shook his head and smiled. "My boys," he said, "they are a mess, but they work hard." It was a consistent theme throughout the afternoon, as the acclaimed coach and former college and professional standout gave a tour of his new digs.
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