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Alvis makes like Vick

Quarterback rushes for 113 yards and two TDs, and throws four TD passes to lead Mustangs to first win of season Thursday.

September 30, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

GARDEN GROVE — Wearing No. 7, Nathan Alvis delivered his best Michael Vick impersonation on the football field for Costa Mesa High.

The Mustangs desperately needed a Vick-type performance Thursday night.

Alvis used his left-arm and two legs, similar to the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, to get Costa Mesa its first victory of the season.

The junior quarterback threw a career-high four touchdown passes and ran for two touchdowns, helping the Mustangs beat La Quinta, 53-17, at Bolsa Grande High and avoid an 0-5 start to the year.

Alvis completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and rushed for 113 yards on 10 carries. The most important number for Alvis was earning his first varsity win as the starting quarterback before Orange Coast League play begins next week.

"That was tough," Alvis said of kicking off the season with four straight losses. "But that was what like [happened] two years ago. They were [0-5] and they came back."

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Jeremy Osso coached those same Mustangs and led them to a league crown after they closed out the regular season with five consecutive victories.

Osso is hoping the nonleague victory gives Costa Mesa some momentum heading into the league opener against Godinez at Segerstrom High.

"They're rolling," Osso said of the Grizzlies, who are 3-0. "There are some things we've got to get better at. That long pass early [that went for a 53-yard touchdown]. [We have to] do a better job tackling on defense."

The Mustangs allowed running back Nicky Luu to record 102 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He left the game when it was out of reach for La Quinta (1-3).

Alvis continued to attack the Aztecs late.

The left-hander had already thrown a one-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Walden in the third quarter. The other three touchdown passes that went for 15, nine and five yards came in the first half, when he also scored on a 27-yard run.

Alvis' second touchdown on the ground came with the Mustangs ahead by 30 points with less than four minutes to play. Alvis ran back onto the field after Costa Mesa took over on the opponent's side.

On first down, with Alvis in shotgun, he faked the handoff to the running back, and then took off to the far side. No defender was nearby, allowing Alvis to go untouched on a 38-yard run.

Osso apologized for the late score.

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