Sweet homecoming

Costa Mesa earns its first Orange Coast League win, taking out Saddleback on Mustangs' special night.

October 22, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Costa Mesa High allowed Godinez to win its first Orange Coast League football game in school history last week. But the Mustangs wouldn't give Saddleback its first league victory in four years.

The Roadrunners tried to ruin Costa Mesa's homecoming and end a 17-game losing streak in league play. The Mustangs fell behind twice Friday night before coming back to win, 28-15, at Jim Scott Stadium, earning victory No. 1 in league this season.

"[The win is] nice, but we're not happy," Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. "We're not satisfied."

Osso had to see Costa Mesa (2-5, 1-1 in league) battle back in the fourth quarter after seeing Saddleback take a 15-14 lead.

The Roadrunners believed they stood a chance to prevail in league for the first time since Nov. 2, 2006. They played in the Golden West League back then.

They are new to the Orange Coast League but the theme remained the same for the Roadrunners when it comes to league results.


The losing continues for Saddleback (1-6, 0-2), barely.

"They're a good team. They're a scrappy team, but we should have put them away," Osso said.

"[We got] inside the [opponent's] 10 [twice in the first 18 minutes of the game] … and we did absolutely nothing. That can't happen."

The Mustangs corrected their issues in three of their next four trips inside the red zone. They went for touchdowns on fourth-and-goal twice and converted each time.

The final one sealed the deal for Costa Mesa.

From one-yard out, Julian Marquez took the handoff from quarterback Nathan Alvis and leaped into the end zone. He gave the Mustangs a 13-point lead with 2:41 left to play.

Without much of a passing game, the Roadrunners did not have much time to rally. They relied on running back Luis Soto to move the ball. The senior turned in a career-best 281 yards on 43 carries.

Soto made it possible for Saddleback to go ahead, 7-0, two minutes into the second quarter. He scored on a 24-yard run up the middle.

Soto wore No.28 and the Mustangs at times made him look like Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Soto never stopped churning his legs.

The sheer determination made it possible for him to convert a two-point conversion run after the Roadrunners tied the game at 14-14 four seconds into the final quarter.

The Mustangs defense appeared to have stopped the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Soto behind the line of scrimmage. No whistle blew and Soto broke loose, giving Saddleback a 15-14 lead.

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