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Two-minute Drill

September 12, 2011

Costa Mesa High senior running back Mario Smith needed just one half to rush for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 42-7 nonleague football win over Santiago of Garden Grove.

Smith, like Coach Wally Grant, gave credit to his offensive line. The line continued opening up holes in the second half for sophomore Oronde Crenshaw. He finished with 65 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries.

Crenshaw also stood out on defense as a linebacker for the Mustangs (1-1), contributing to three sacks.

"He's an incredible worker," Smith said of Crenshaw, the son of former Mustangs fullback/defensive end DeWayne Crenshaw. "I'm looking forward to what he can do in the future for Costa Mesa."


Corona del Mar High is off to a third straight 2-0 start to the season after pulling off a thrilling 28-21 victory at Huntington Beach on Friday.

Running back Erik Fisher scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run with 25 seconds left. The Sea Kings marched 64 yards on 10 plays, burning 5:03 off the clock.

The victory helped CdM move up a spot to No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll.

After two road games, CdM plays host to Western (2-0) on Thursday at Newport Harbor High at 7 p.m.

Estancia High Coach Mike Bargas could not be totally surprised about receiver Ben Beck's breakout game in the Eagles' 56-0 win over Bolsa Grande on Friday afternoon.

Beck had five catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Beck, a junior who also plays basketball and baseball for Estancia, came out for football just before the season last year. He played more and more as the year went on, Bargas said.

"He works his butt off," Bargas said. "He always gives his all during practice. It's great when you have a great practice player who also shows it out on the football field."

Newport Harbor High didn't kick off the season the same way it had the previous eight years.

The Sailors saw their eight-game winning streak in season openers snapped after losing at Trabuco Hills, 35-14.

The setback was the third-worst season-opening loss in Coach Jeff Brinkley's 26 years at Newport Harbor.

"Tough to play from behind," said Brinkley, whose team trailed Trabuco Hills, 14-0, in the first quarter.

Sage Hill School Coach J.R. Tolver said his team's offensive line remains a work in progress after Saturday's 50-14 loss to Tri-City Christian. The Lightning ran the ball 29 times, and just four of those went for more than 10 yards.

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