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Week 2 High School Football Preview: Estancia vs. La Quinta

Week 2 High School Football Preview: Estancia vs. La Quinta
Estancia High running back Trevor Pacheco, seen on Oct. 27, 2017, ran for 251 yards and three touchdowns against Loara in a season opener on Aug. 24. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Bolsa Grande High

Key Eagles: Jr. QB Jaycen Cash (14 of 21 passing for 200 yards and one TD; one carry for seven yards and a TD); Sr. RB/CB Trevor Pacheco (31 carries for 251 yards and three TDs); Jr. WR/LB Nathan Pacheco (eight tackles, two sacks, one pass defended)

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Key Aztecs: Sr. QB Michael Nadeau; Sr. LB Freddie Pimentel; Sr. SB/CB Quan Do

Breakdown: The old formula of handing the ball off to Trevor Pacheco worked just fine for Estancia coach Mike Bargas and his Eagles (1-0) in their 34-21 victory over Loara last week. Pacheco rushed for at least 100 yards eight times last season, and the senior running back kicked off his 2018 campaign with a huge game of 251 yards and three scores on the ground … Behind a running attack that averaged 281.2 yards per game, La Quinta reached the CIF Southern Section Division 13 semifinals last season. The top three rushers on that team were seniors, though, and the Aztecs’ offense struggled in a 33-13 home loss to Anaheim last week … La Quinta (0-1) still has Nadeau, however. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 21 touchdowns and added another 17 on the ground as a junior … If La Quinta sticks to the running game, the Eagles will be looking to punch the ball out. Gannon Griffin and Cameron Ruehling had fumble recoveries for Estancia last week.

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