For the third straight year, the Estancia High football team opened with a shutout win. The Eagles took out Loara, 17-0, on Friday night at Jim Scott Stadium.
Coach Mike Bargas' Eagles opened 2010 with a 55-0 victory over Bolsa Grande, and opened last year with a 56-0 win, also over Bolsa Grande.
The victory over Loara was also notable as it was Estancia's first over the Saxons in program history. Loara had a 4-0 record against Estancia coming into Friday's game, though all of the four previous games were played in the 1960s.
The Costa Mesa High football team has been able to move the ball against Santiago under second-year Coach Wally Grant.
Last year, the Mustangs rushed for 266 yards in a 42-7 victory. On Thursday, they were able to spread the ball around in a 45-14 win at Jim Scott Stadium.
Running back Justin Smith had 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns. But the passing game was also nearly perfect, as senior quarterback Noah JeyaRajah completed nine of 10 passes for 194 yards. The lion's share went to Markiece Traylor, who had 184 receiving yards and three long touchdown catches.
Costa Mesa (1-1) was efficient. The Mustangs averaged more than a first down a play, totaling 403 yards on 40 plays from scrimmage.
Newport Harbor's schedule gets a lot tougher after it dropped its season opener to Trabuco Hills, 27-21, at home on Thursday.
The Sailors play host to Loyola of Los Angeles on Friday. The Cubs are the Tars' second straight CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division opponent. The following two weeks, Newport Harbor is at home against Back Bay rival Corona del Mar, the defending Southern Division champion, and San Clemente, the Pac-5 Division runner-up.
Coach Jeff Brinkley wasn't thinking ahead, not after Newport Harbor started the season with a loss for the second straight year. That had never happened, back-to-back season-opening losses, during his 27 years with the Sailors, until now.
"We had a couple of opportunities obviously late in that [first] half … and we didn't get in," said Brinkley, referring to the Sailors turning the ball over on downs near the red zone with 65 seconds to go before halftime.
Newport Harbor turned the ball over four times (two interceptions and two fumbles).
Corona del Mar High kicked off the season with a 21-12 setback to Laguna Hills on Friday at Newport Harbor High, ending the Sea Kings' 11-game winning streak in season openers.
The Sea Kings led, 6-0, but they were outscored 21-6, in the final three quarters. Coach Scott Meyer pointed to CdM's missed opportunities on offense in the first half.
"We had a chance on the one-yard line [at the start of the second quarter to] punch it in and get a score," said Meyer, who saw his team's second straight trip into the red zone result in another field goal in the first half. "Then we turn around and end up giving up that [ensuing] kickoff return [for a touchdown]. That was a big swing right there."
Sage Hill School Coach J.R. Tolver is not big on moral victories, he said after Saturday's 32-27 nonleague loss to Fairmont Prep at Yorba Linda High. The Lightning, plagued by a slow start for the second time in two games this season, just want a victory.
The Lightning did begin Saturday well enough, driving for a touchdown after Fairmont Prep started the game with an onside kick that Sage's Luca Bonvicini recovered. But the Huskies countered with three straight touchdown drives, taking a 20-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Last week Sage Hill fell behind Calvary Chapel, 21-0, early in the second quarter. The Lightning played the Eagles even the rest of the way but lost, 42-20.
"I can't keep saying the same thing every week," Tolver said. "A moral victory is still a loss. I tell the guys this all the time. There's a million ways to make a mistake, and that's fine. Just don't make the same mistake twice. And we have made the same mistake three weeks in a row, in our scrimmage [against Notre Dame of Riverside], against Calvary Chapel and against Fairmont Prep. That's unacceptable. You'd like to focus on the positive and commend them for their competitive, combative spirit, but at the same time we've got to fix the mistakes."
The key to Costa Mesa's offense was a strong line of tackles Sam Bunker and Marco Zalpa, guards Joseph Quiroz and Alan Obregon, center Jonathan Elias and tight end Anthony McCormick, who opened up sizable holes all night.