It was a program that hadn't made the playoffs in four years before Jeremy Osso took over in 2006.
Now, the Costa Mesa High football team is looking for its fourth playoff berth in a row in 2010.
The Mustangs will also try to win their third Orange Coast League title in the last four years.
"We're physical," Osso said. "We're definitely hitting. We obviously lost some key guys, but we feel confident that our guys can help continue our three-year playoff run and make it a fourth. We think we'll be in the hunt for [a] league [title] again."
If they do it, it will happen in spite of an offense that starts the year without a ton of experience. Here's a position-by-position look at the 2010 Mustangs:
Quarterback: Mesa lost last year's starter, Todd Davis, to graduation after he threw for 1,713 yards and 13 touchdowns and earned first-team All-Orange Coast League status. His backup a year ago, junior Nathan Alvis (6-feet, 170 pounds) moves into the starting role.