Two-minute drill

November 02, 2009

Jeremy Osso continues to enjoy his most successful year record-wise at Costa Mesa High.

The fourth-year coach guided the Mustangs to a 31-7 victory against Calvary Chapel Friday night, as the team clinched a CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff berth and inched closer to its third straight Orange Coast League title.

The Mustangs (6-3, 3-0 in league), ranked No. 8 in the Southern Division, have won eight straight league games dating back to 2007. Costa Mesa is on a bye next week and then closes out league play at Laguna Beach (2-0 in league) on Nov. 13.


The game might turn out to be for the league championship again. Last year, the Mustangs capped an undefeated league season with a 38-30 victory against the visiting Breakers.

The six overall victories are the most for Costa Mesa since 2002. Maybe this is the year Costa Mesa wins a playoff game, something it last accomplished 12 years ago.

“Too far down the road,” Osso said of the playoffs. “That’s all about seeding. That’s all about who you get in the playoffs, and if it’s a favorable matchup. We’d like to play [the first-round game] at home. That’s for sure.”

 One issue the Mustangs need to correct before trying to go undefeated in league in back-to-back seasons involves the color yellow.

“There was a lot of penalties,” Osso said. “I know how [Oakland Raiders coach] Tom Cable feels. Give me a coach I can punch.”

Osso, of course, was joking about hitting one of his assistants.

Josh Erno bailed out Costa Mesa after a penalty put the offense in a third-and-long situation on its first possession of the second half.

A personal foul on the Mustangs moved the team back to the opponent’s 30. On third-and-20, Erno scored on a 30-yard touchdown run after Todd Davis threw a lateral pass.

 Sage Hill School junior captain Taylor Ross leads his team in special teams by handling kickoffs, field goals and conversions, but he wanted to contribute on offense with the ball in his hands.

He has played with a cast on his arm for the majority of the season, however, which prevented him from handling the ball.

Against Brethren Christian Friday, Ross finally got to use his hands and feet fully as he rushed for 134 yards on 16 carries.

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