Last Friday on October 5th Estancia’s football team won against Costa Mesa for the annual Battle of the Bell game, the final score ending up at 15-13.
The pregame excitement and spirit seemed to be skyrocketing off the stands, as people settled in the bleachers and found their spots to watch the opening game of the Orange Coast League Opener that started at 7 P.M.
Senior Class President Angel Jesudasen voiced the spirit of the crowd. “We’re gonna do good, because even though last year we came in with a loose I think there is a total different atmosphere with the seniors and just the spirit of the whole school this year. It just feels a lot different then the years before, so we’re gonna end the seniors high school career with a win, I can see it.”
Former Mesa football player, Trace Curet, also thought along the same lines. “I think we’ll do really well, I have a lot of faith in the seniors this year. I feel like we have strong individuals that have the experience, Noah and Oronde have been starting since their sophomore year, so they have the experience and they know what to do.”
All anyone could hear was the “Let’s go Mesa!” chant that the crowd was giving a few minutes before everything was about to start. Then the crowd started going crazy as Mesa’s captains walked onto the field, holding hands. Noah JeyaRajah, Jose Villalpando, Oscar Reyes, and Anthony McCormick embraced the Estancia captains then walked off the field again to rejoin their team.
After, the Mesa Maniacs came running in holding up their flags before the football players came tearing in through their banner. The National Anthem was sung and then the game began.
Estancia immediately scored a touchdown at 10:08 in the first quarter.
Then, Mesa came back in the second quarter with Oronde Crenshaw scoring a touchdown at 10:39, tying up the game. The score was at 7-7 going into half time.
During half time Senior Alyssa Dasca, who’s on the Varsity Cheer team said “I’m very, very confident in our football team, and we can still win this, there’s still another half. As long as we keep supporting our football team, we can do it.”
Going into the third quarter, Oronde scored a second touchdown, but we missed our extra point, which only gave Mesa the lead with 13-7.
In the return kick, Ben Beck came in tying up the game once more with a 99-yard run that led to a touchdown. After two penalties on mesa, Estancia’s coach decided to run the ball for the extra two points rather then the kick. Those were the final two points that settled Estancia’s win.
In the final quarter of the game Mesa players seemed to get riled up. At one point during the final quarter Estancia had gotten a penalty that set them back five yards, leaving them at fourth and six, given they hadn’t gotten that five yards Mesa could have possibly scored again. Had mesa maintained possession they could’ve changed the outcome of the game. This was clearly shown in Mesa’s 316 yards rushing to Estancia’s 81.
“If running the ball is what we do best, then so be it. Let’s run the ball, it’s the skills of the players. It’s what they know they can do to win.” Dr. Howell said who was a football coach for 35 years.
During the game, Jonathan “Fluffy” Elias expressed how much he was proud to part of the team. “They’re running hard not giving up, I love them with all my heart, and they’re my brothers no matter what happens. Even though I’m not on the field with them, they’re gonna have one hell of a night, no doubt about it. I told them personally that I would give anything to be on the sideline with them. I’m showing my support, losing my voice for them and I know they’re playing their hearts out for me, for their community and for the whole entire Mustang side.”
Written By: Alondra Villalba