COSTA MESA — There was no letdown, no injuries and no dilly-dallying.
Except for two lost fumbles in the first half and two missed conversions, there was little with which to quibble for Estancia High in its 40-0 Orange Coast League home football victory over Calvary Chapel on Friday that took less than two hours.
The win, a school-record 10th straight against league competition, helped the hosts, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, improve to 7-2, 4-0 in league. It also clinched a guaranteed berth in the CIF playoffs for Estancia and secured the program's best start since a 10-0 regular season in 1989.
In addition, the win puts the Eagles, the defending league champions, in place for a league title showdown Friday against crosstown rival Costa Mesa, which is also 4-0 against Orange Coast foes.
The annual Battle for the Bell, at Jim Scott Stadium, will decide this year's Orange Coast League crown.
Things were decided quickly Friday, as Estancia scored on its first four possessions to take a 27-0 lead with 7:42 left before halftime.
Junior quarterback Brad Wilson scrambled 55 yards for a touchdown on Estancia's first offensive play, virtually taking any suspense against the visitors (3-6, 1-3) with him on a winding route to the end zone.
Wilson added three touchdown passes, all in the first half, and junior Robert Murtha rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries to go over the 3,000-yard mark for his career (now 3,011). Murtha capped his night with a 16-yard scoring run on the fifth play of the second half. He also scored on a 19-yard screen pass on his team's second possession.
Henry Vasquez and Levi Stillman also fielded Wilson touchdown tosses and Kevin Peters, a defensive tackle who lines up in the backfield in short-yardage situations, rumbled 14 yards on fourth-and-two for the other touchdown.
Estancia also dominated defensively, as Calvary Chapel collected just 103 yards on 44 offensive plays.
Only one of Calvary's 20 rushing attempts gained more than five yards (a 15-yard pickup) and only two of the visitors' 11 completed passes went for double-figure yards, the longest netting 21.
"Defense, I thought, played well and we played well overall," Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said. "We came out healthy, we were able to run the ball and throw the ball, too. Defense was a stalwart for us. There were some things I don't like to see this late in the season, but its nice to come out with a win and positively critique our kids as we prepare for next week's game and the playoffs. Next week is going to be a big one for us."
The mistakes amounted to a fumble on a punt return at its own 45-yard line midway through the second quarter and another fumble on a running play on Estancia's ensuing possession.
The two fumbles were the only first-half Estancia possessions that did not result in a touchdown.
The winners had a conversion kick blocked and they failed trying to run for two points on a swinging gate play that kept the lead at 33-0, going into halftime.
Stillman intercepted a pass, his fourth pick of the season, to halt one Calvary possession and the visitors went three-and-out five times. Estancia also halted the visitors once on fourth down.
Calvary did not advance past the Estancia 33-yard line, managing that on the last possession of the game against a reserve unit.
Estancia senior backup tailback Alex Trancoso gained 84 yards on 14 carries and Wilson finished with 66 yards on the ground and 79 through the air to give the hosts 420 total yards.
The defensive front seven of ends Andy Ugalde and Brodie Pearce, tackles Kevin and Alipa Peters, and linebackers Ozzy Magana, Alex Rodriguez and Kolby Coste were consistently stout.
Estancia has now outscored league competition 160-21.
Estancia 40, Calvary Chapel 0
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Estancia 21 – 12 – 7 – 0 — 40
Calvary Chapel 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 — 0
Est – Wilson 55 run (Cabrera kick), 9:48.
Est – Murtha 19 pass from Wilson (Cabrera kick), 4:59.
Est – K. Peters 14 run (Cabrera kick), 0:45.
Est – Vasquez 9 pass from Wilson (kick blocked), 7:42.
Est – Stillman 39 pass from Wilson (run failed), 1:11.
Est – Murtha 16 run (Cabrera kick), 10:15.
CC – Goodman, 5-13.
Est – Murtha, 20-158, 1 TD; Trancoso, 14-84.
CC – Kearon, 11-24-1, 77.
Est – Wilson, 4-5-0, 79, 3 TDs.
CC – Kaeser, 5-40.
Est – Vasquez, 2-21, 1 TD.