Saddleback tops Estancia in hard-fought game


COSTA MESA - Saddleback outlasted Estancia, 8-0, in an Orange Coast conference game Friday night at Costa Mesa High.

The Roadrunners continued their power run game, earning 198 yards on the ground.

The first half was controlled by the defenses, as both teams could not manage to find the end zone. Estancia’s defense, led by senior linebackers Juan Barrios and Kainoa Korionoff, intercepted Saddleback quarterback Angel Torres twice, including an athletic interception in the end zone by senior cornerback Cristian Quinones.

On the other side, Estancia’s offense could not find its stride, as it totaled 29 yards of total offense. The game was scoreless at halftime.

A fumble by Estancia on its 5-yard line gave Saddleback an excellent scoring opportunity in the third quarter. The Estancia forced a fourth-and-goal situation from the 1, but senior Geovanni Estrada punched his way into the end zone with 3:19 left in the third quarter.

On the two-point conversion, Coach Rob Thompson called for tailback Valentine Perea to take the same route as Estrada, and he gave Saddleback an 8-0 lead.

Enstancia regained its composure after the turnover on the ensuing possession, driving down the field methodically with a balanced combination of run and pass. On a play from the Saddleback 13, cornerback Enrique Hernandez intercepted a pass, ending the threat.

Saddleback received another scare in the final minutes. With 2:08 left, the snap to punter Fabiano Camargo was high, but he grabbed the ball and took off for a 41-yard run that gave the Roadrunners a first down and sealed the victory.

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