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November 14, 2003
Patrick Laverty Prior to taking the Estancia High football coaching position, Craig Fertig threw the idea out to some of his peers. According to the former USC quarterback, Myron Miller, the former Costa Mesa High coach and current leader at Tustin High, told him, "I don't worry about you coaching football again. I worry about you getting frustrated, especially that first year." Though there were obvious frustrations, including Thursday's season-ending 61-7 loss to Pacifica at Newport Harbor High, Fertig is planning on continuing to do what he knows best.
NEWS
September 13, 2003
Barry Faulkner There are those USC replica uniforms and the time-honored Trojan hero at the helm. But Estancia High football players said it would all have been for show, had they not taken care of visiting Magnolia in the nonleague season opener Friday at Orange Coast College. But that is exactly what the Eagles, under first-year coach Craig Fertig, did, rolling to a 24-8 victory that wasn't nearly as close as the score. But in the aftermath of a win that ended a nine-game Estancia losing streak, Fertig and his charges were clearly focused on the road ahead.
NEWS
September 17, 2003
Patrick Laverty Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig said he was a little apprehensive about how his players would perform prior to the Eagles' season-opening victory against Magnolia. Of particular concern was an offensive line that was being asked to lead a team that was attempting to establish a powerful running game out of the I-formation. "We put in a whole new offense," Fertig said. "We wondered whether they would catch on. We obviously coached them, but you never know how'll they play in the first game."
NEWS
February 16, 2003
"I've always believed football is a game that should be fun, but it's more fun when you win." And with that, new Estancia High School football coach Craig Fertig raised the bar higher than players over the last two seasons have been used to. If they win more than one game this fall, they'll top the win total over those two years -- one. The former USC assistant and Oregon State head coach automatically brings something...
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Rick Devereux Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig is happy with the way the defense has performed, especially in the 19-0 shutout over Buena Park Sept 18, the last game the Eagles played. "Our defense played real fine last game," he said. "Our offense is going to have to step up. Of course I'm talking to the same guys [since most play both ways], but I want to put the emphasis on the offense playing better." The Eagle offense will face defending Golden West League champions Orange Friday.
NEWS
November 8, 2003
Steve Virgen In general, Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig loves Friday nights because that's usually when his Eagles play football. "I've coached pro football, college football, but there's just something different about Friday nights and high school football," Fertig said before his team took on Orange, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division VII. "There's just something special in the air because you...
NEWS
November 7, 2003
Patrick Laverty For the third straight year and the seventh time in eight seasons, Estancia High's football team will not make the CIF Southern Section playoffs. But no one expected a dramatic one-year turnaround when Craig Fertig took over the program a year ago and a win in one of the Eagles' final two games would give Estancia (3-5, 1-4 in Golden West League play) four victories for only the third time in the last six seasons. Easier said when done, though, when Estancia's final two opponents are Orange (7-1, 4-0)
NEWS
November 9, 2004
Newport Harbor High's 90-0 scoring margin over its last two football opponents may equate to a long stay in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs. The last time the Sailors posted back-to-back shutouts was against Woodbridge and Fairfax in 1999, the year the Tars finished 13-0-1 and were crowned CIF Division VI champions. Newport Harbor also had consecutive shutouts in 1992 against Saddleback and Damien. The Sailors finished 11-3 and were the Division IV runners-up.
NEWS
October 6, 2003
Patrick Laverty After Estancia High's football team had pulled off a stunning, 35-30, come-from-behind victory over Ocean View Friday, Eagles Coach Craig Fertig walked up to seniors Bubba Kapko and Cullen Crom to ask them a question. "I said, 'Hey, what did some guy say at halftime?' " Fertig said. "They said, 'Coach, you said, I'm betting on you guys.' " Trailing, 23-7, at the intermission, Fertig showed his faith in the Eagles. In turn, the players began to believe in themselves.
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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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NEWS
March 15, 2005
Rick Devereux He did not want to remain a head football coach forever, but Craig Fertig did want to stay at the helm of the Estancia High football team a little bit longer. "When I was hired I told [Estancia Principal Tom] Antal that I would only be the head coach for three years," Fertig said after it was announced Monday that was he asked to step down late last week. "We told the football team Friday," Estancia Boys Athletic Director Tim Parsel said.
NEWS
November 9, 2004
Newport Harbor High's 90-0 scoring margin over its last two football opponents may equate to a long stay in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs. The last time the Sailors posted back-to-back shutouts was against Woodbridge and Fairfax in 1999, the year the Tars finished 13-0-1 and were crowned CIF Division VI champions. Newport Harbor also had consecutive shutouts in 1992 against Saddleback and Damien. The Sailors finished 11-3 and were the Division IV runners-up.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Rick Devereux Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig is happy with the way the defense has performed, especially in the 19-0 shutout over Buena Park Sept 18, the last game the Eagles played. "Our defense played real fine last game," he said. "Our offense is going to have to step up. Of course I'm talking to the same guys [since most play both ways], but I want to put the emphasis on the offense playing better." The Eagle offense will face defending Golden West League champions Orange Friday.
NEWS
November 14, 2003
Patrick Laverty Prior to taking the Estancia High football coaching position, Craig Fertig threw the idea out to some of his peers. According to the former USC quarterback, Myron Miller, the former Costa Mesa High coach and current leader at Tustin High, told him, "I don't worry about you coaching football again. I worry about you getting frustrated, especially that first year." Though there were obvious frustrations, including Thursday's season-ending 61-7 loss to Pacifica at Newport Harbor High, Fertig is planning on continuing to do what he knows best.
NEWS
November 8, 2003
Steve Virgen In general, Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig loves Friday nights because that's usually when his Eagles play football. "I've coached pro football, college football, but there's just something different about Friday nights and high school football," Fertig said before his team took on Orange, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division VII. "There's just something special in the air because you...
NEWS
November 7, 2003
Patrick Laverty For the third straight year and the seventh time in eight seasons, Estancia High's football team will not make the CIF Southern Section playoffs. But no one expected a dramatic one-year turnaround when Craig Fertig took over the program a year ago and a win in one of the Eagles' final two games would give Estancia (3-5, 1-4 in Golden West League play) four victories for only the third time in the last six seasons. Easier said when done, though, when Estancia's final two opponents are Orange (7-1, 4-0)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 6, 2003
Patrick Laverty After Estancia High's football team had pulled off a stunning, 35-30, come-from-behind victory over Ocean View Friday, Eagles Coach Craig Fertig walked up to seniors Bubba Kapko and Cullen Crom to ask them a question. "I said, 'Hey, what did some guy say at halftime?' " Fertig said. "They said, 'Coach, you said, I'm betting on you guys.' " Trailing, 23-7, at the intermission, Fertig showed his faith in the Eagles. In turn, the players began to believe in themselves.
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