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Mesa fizzles in loss

Mustangs lead most of first half and early in second half, but Ocean View rallies for win.

September 24, 2010|By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — In losses the previous two weeks that involved valiant second-half comebacks, one might say the Costa Mesa High football team simply ran out of time.

Friday night against visiting Ocean View High, however, a case could be made that the Mustangs ran out of inspiration.

More specifically, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound battering ram that is Seahawks' senior tailback Timmy Robinson, almost single-handedly bludgeoned it out of them.

Robinson consistently repelled would-be tacklers to amass 140 rushing yards on 18 carries in the nonleague contest at Jim Scott Stadium.

Robinson, whose No. 11 jersey might have appeared to be bulls horns to the Mesa defense, scored three touchdowns, each time either dragging a defender into the end zone or leaving one felled in his path. For good measure, he added one two-point conversion run and scored two more two-point tries on pass receptions.

Ocean View senior quarterback Nolan Tippy also provided plenty of discouragement for the hosts, as he threw for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns, completing 12 of 15 attempts.

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Mesa (0-4), held leads of 7-0, 10-6 and 16-14, the last of which resulted from senior DeSean Grayson's 95-yard sprint with the second-half kickoff. It was the first time the Mustangs had led after halftime this season. It also proved to be all but the last reason for the Costa Mesa supporters to make some noise.

Ocean View sophomore Garrett Hoffman was injured on Grayson's third kickoff return for a touchdown this season. Hoffman was attended to on the field for roughly 20 minutes and was taken to a hospital on a flat-bed stretcher as a precaution after temporarily losing consciousness, according to Ocean View assistant coach Eli Atol.

As both teams huddled quietly on a knee near midfield on their respective sidelines, the tenor of the game appeared to completely change.

The ensuing conversion kick after play resumed bounced off an upright and was no good.

Almost nothing good happened the rest of the night for the Mustangs, who will seek their first win Thursday against La Quinta at Bolsa Grande High.

"I think they were a little more inspired after that kid went down," Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said of the Seahawks (3-1), who were also dealing with the emotional aftermath of an Ocean View student being killed in a car accident on Wednesday.

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