Football Preview: Estancia vs. Loara

Estancia (0-0) vs. Loara (0-1)

When/where: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium

Key Eagles: Jr. QB Connor Brown; Sr. RB/S Christian Laurent; Sr. TE/LB Ronnie Urquiza; Jr. TE/DE Jason Jones

Key Saxons: Sr. RB Josh Moran (114 yards rushing); Sr. QB Andrew Mendoza (194 yards passing, one TD, one INT); Sr. CB Chris Arrellano

Breakdown: Estancia opens its season against Loara for the third straight year ... The Eagles blanked the Saxons, 17-0, in 2012 but suffered a 35-0 loss last year at Glover Stadium ... Loara kicked off its 2014 season last week with a 34-18 loss to Rancho Alamitos, in which the Saxons fell behind 21-0 after the first quarter ... Loara has finished third in the Golden West League each of the last two seasons, making the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs each time ... Loara lost to Corona del Mar, 44-3, in the opening round last year ... Loara quarterback Mendoza will try to get the ball to senior receiver Edson Velasquez, who had 38 catches for 471 yards and 12 touchdowns last year ... Moran ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns in just more than a half of action last year against Estancia ... The Eagles, who scrimmaged at Bolsa Grande last week, are 2-5 in season openers under Coach Mike Bargas.

— Matt Szabo

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