It was homecoming and the 20th season of football for Orange Lutheran, but the finishing touches for Friday's ceremonies at Brea-Olinda didn't go quite as planned.
The stadium's public address system failed before game time and when officials tried to fire the gun to signal the end of the second quarter, its trigger jammed.
And during halftime ceremonies, several youths oblivious to the occasion swarmed the field with footballs to take part in impromptu pickup games.
The Edison-Fountain Valley game was delayed about five minutes partly to let the overflow crowd of more than 8,000 find seats. But the game ball also had to arrive.
It finally did via a skydiver dressed and painted in Edison's colors.
Estancia has lost three consecutive games after a 5-0 start this season. Last year, the Eagles lost three in a row after a 4-0 start.
ON THE RECORD
"I've been telling them, 'You're only as good as your 14th game.' "
--Joe Wood, Aliso Niguel coach, on trying to keep his players focused.
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HOW TOP 10 FARED
1. Mater Dei (8-0) defeated Trabuco Hills (4-4), 35-7.
2t. Esperanza (7-1) defeated Huntington Beach (3-5), 55-14.
2t. Servite (6-1) plays Saddleback (6-1) tonight.
4. Laguna Hills (8-0) defeated Laguna Beach (0-7-1), 56-0.
5. Los Alamitos (7-1) defeated Marina (1-7), 31-0, Thursday.
6. Santa Margarita (7-1) defeated Woodbridge (0-8), 23-6.
7. Aliso Niguel (8-0) defeated Estancia (5-3), 40-8, Thursday.
8. Capistrano Valley (6-2) defeated San Clemente (4-4), 40-35.
9. Kennedy (6-2) lost to Cypress (3-5), 9-0, Thursday.
10. Newport Harbor (7-1) defeated Irvine (4-4), 39-14.
1. Mike McNair
Mater Dei vs. Trabuco Hills
324 yards in 27 carries
2. Leo Kosi
Rancho Alamitos vs. Los Amigos
283 yards in 39 carries
3. Brian McDonald
Buena Park vs. Fullerton
240 yards in 21 carries
4. Dache Dameron
Villa Park vs. Santa Ana Valley
201 yards in 22 carries
5. Michael Jones
Laguna Hills vs. Laguna Beach
199 yards in 22 carries
1. Chris Hayward
San Clemente vs. Capistrano Valley
23 of 31,399 yards
2. David Parrish
Esperanza vs. Huntington Beach
15 of 19,292 yards
3. Sean Stein
Los Alamitos vs. Marina
20 of 32,288 yards
4. J.D. Stern
Pacifica vs. Santiago
13 of 31,277 yards
5. Luis Gomez
Anaheim vs. Magnolia
13 of 22,233 yards