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Sea Kings handle Mesa in scrimmage

CdM rolls to 24-6 victory Friday. Gardner throws for two TDs and Reinhardt rushes for two more.

August 27, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa High football team barely avoided being shut out Friday night. Then the Mustangs worried about the lights shutting off at Jim Scott Stadium.

Jeremy Osso wanted to make sure he was going to continue to coach the Mustangs so he tried to get a hold of whoever was in charge of the lights. Corona del Mar Coach Jason Hitchens was all for it.

The two coaches met at midfield after the Sea Kings won the varsity scrimmage, 24-6.

"Do you still want to scrimmage?" Osso asked Hitchens and Hitchens nodded his head before sending the junior varsity team out to the field.

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Costa Mesa and CdM kicked off the season against each other the past two years. Osso and Hitchens decided a scrimmage made more sense before their respective teams opened the season next week.

One team is far ahead of the other.

It took time for the Sea Kings and Mustangs to produce anything offensively. Coaches waited 6 minutes, 15 seconds for an offense to move the chains.

CdM eventually found its groove behind two seniors, quarterback Mitch Gardner and running back Clay Reinhardt. Gardner completed seven of 10 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and Reinhardt rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

If it was not for the shorter quarters (eight minutes), CdM might have scored more. Osso was just glad to see his team find the end zone in the final 17 seconds, when quarterback Nathan Alvis hit Jordan Walden with a 10-yard touchdown pass.

"The last two years it took us the first two games to get this [lack of offense] out of our system, so with any luck, it won't take us two games to get this out of our system," said Osso, who has not led Costa Mesa to a win in an opener in his first four years in charge.

For Osso's sake, he does not have to kick off the season against CdM again.

The Mustangs open the season at Jim Scott Stadium against Buena Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. The previous two openers, the Sea Kings beat the Mustangs by an average of 40 points.

The Mustangs appeared to close the gap between the two programs in the first seven minutes of the scrimmage.

Costa Mesa received great field position, starting on the opponent's 30 and 29 on its first two offensive possessions. The Mustangs failed to capitalize on the first opportunity when a CdM punt went for only 13 yards.

The defense quickly gave its offense another shot. On first down, Costa Mesa recovered a fumble and the Mustangs took over on the 29 midway through the first quarter.

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