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Mustangs shock Saints

Running back Scheffner helps key win, the first over a team with a record above .500 in Osso’s four years.

September 25, 2009|By David Carrillo Peñaloza

NEWPORT HARBOR — During a break, one of the officials came over and asked Costa Mesa High Coach Jeremy Osso for a drink.

“Is this Gatorade?” the official asked Osso and the coach nodded no after he handed over a bottle.

“Where’s the Gatorade?” the official said.

“We play on turf, man,” Osso responded. “No Gatorade allowed.”

The home team usually provides the sports drinks.

The official thought Osso’s Mustangs played host to Friday night’s game against Santa Ana. Newport Harbor High used to be Costa Mesa’s home field until last year.

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The Mustangs returned to a familiar site and left with an unfamiliar result. Costa Mesa beat Santa Ana, 24-16, marking the first time it has defeated a team with a record above .500 under Osso’s watch.

In his fourth year at Costa Mesa, Osso finally beat a team with a winning record. The Mustangs didn’t shower him with the traditional Gatorade bucket.

They had no Gatorade.

Costa Mesa won its second straight nonleague game and improved to 2-2 after handing the Saints their first loss of the season. Santa Ana is 2-1.

The Mustangs haven’t really left home in the first four games of the season. The first three were at Estancia High, and Friday’s was at Davidson Field.

“What’s great about [the win] is it’s gutty,” Osso said before rattling off starters who played with the flu.

One of those was quarterback Todd Davis, who turned in a mistake-free game. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a sneak midway through the opening quarter.

For the entire night, running back Tyler Scheffner became Costa Mesa’s workhorse. With running back Josh Erno dealing with flu-like symptoms, Scheffner started for the second straight week and recorded a career night.

The junior carried the ball 28 times for 136 yards and one touchdown. Scheffner’s scoring opportunity came after the defense recovered the first of two fumbles in the game.

Fifteen seconds into the second half, Scheffner lifted Costa Mesa back on top with a 22-yard run. Costa Mesa took a 21-16 lead and Scheffner was on his way to outshining Santa Ana back Frankie Nerida.

Last year, Robert Peralta ran wild on Costa Mesa, finishing with 251 yards and three touchdowns. Osso expected Peralta to play, but Santa Ana assistant coach Luis Ramirez said the senior sat out after a teammate rolled on top of his injured ankle during Wednesday’s practice.

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