Estancia vs. Beckman
When/where: Tonight, 7 at Estancia High
Key Eagles: So. TB Robert Murtha (1,570 yards, 19 TDs rushing); Sr. WR-S Matt Carlyle; Sr. ILB Eduardo Lopez (92 tackles); Sr. DE Juan Mejia (62 tackles).
Key Patriots: Jr. RB Jeff Kim (718 yards, eight TDs rushing); Jr. RB Zack Rivera (466 yards, four TDs rushing, 348 yards, five TDs receiving); Sr. WR Will Barring (36 receptions, 561 yards); Sr. LB Joey Smith (71 tackles).
Breakdown: The first-round CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff game is a rematch of an Oct. 8 nonleague contest won by Beckman, 31-0, at Tustin High … Beckman (5-5) had 448 yards of offense that night to just 101 for the Eagles (6-4), but Estancia trailed only 10-0 until the last minute of the third quarter … Estancia, which has won five straight games, has not won a playoff game since 1980 … Beckman, which finished fifth in the Pacific Coast League, is making the second-playoff appearance in the school's brief history … The Patriots won their only previous first-round game, part of last year's run to the Southern Division quarterfinals … Murtha is 15 yards from topping the school single-season rushing record of 1,584 set by Carlos Mendez in 2007 … Kim rushed for 180 yards and two TDs in the first game, including a 62-yard scoring burst on the Patriots' sixth offensive play.
— Barry Faulkner