Mesa shakes up league

Mustangs knock off Calvary Chapel to make things interesting in the Orange Coast League.

October 28, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Costa Mesa High needed to beat Calvary Chapel Thursday to contend for a third Orange Coast League title in the last four years.

The Mustangs sure make it look easy against the Eagles.

When it comes to football between these two schools, Costa Mesa owns the series. The Mustangs beat Calvary Chapel, 26-13, and improved to 8-0 all-time against the Eagles.

More importantly, Costa Mesa (3-5, 2-1 in league) handed the Eagles their first league loss, dropping them to 2-1.

The lone undefeated team in league is Estancia (2-0 in league), which plays Saddleback tonight at Jim Scott Stadium. That is the same site where Costa Mesa ran all over Calvary Chapel, amassing 241 yards.

The game marked the Mustangs' second of four straight games on the fast turf. Their final two league games are at Jim Scott Stadium, a venue that you might think might be advantageous to Costa Mesa's league title hopes.


"Because of our practice field [being regular grass], it doesn't help us a lot [playing on turf]," Costa Mesa Coach Jeremy Osso said. "On Monday, we couldn't practice on our field because it was so wet. It was literally like three inches thick of water. We come out on Tuesday and it's like the Sahara Desert. It's dry as bone out there. You can't cut because there's nothing to cut in.

"It's nice to come out here and play on this [field at Estancia High], but it's not like this is a real home-field advantage for us when we don't practice on anything like this."

It took the Mustangs the first quarter to adjust to the playing surface.

After Calvary Chapel took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter, the Mustangs shut the visitors out for the next 28 minutes of action.

Calvary Chapel recorded only one first down in the second quarter and the Mustangs took advantage. Running back Julian Marquez scored a five-yard touchdown and quarterback Nathan Alvis found the end zone on a one-yard sneak to put the Mustangs ahead, 12-6, at halftime.

Alvis added a 17-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, giving the junior 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. The total is a Newport-Mesa best for quarterbacks.

Alvis also threw a touchdown pass and finished with 141 yards passing. He hooked up with wide receiver Jordan Walden on a 35-yard score. The touchdown through the air was Alvis' 12th of the year.

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