COSTA MESA — Last year when Costa Mesa played La Quinta, quarterback Nathan Alvis had a career game.
He had six touchdowns in the game, four passing and two rushing. The performance was needed to give the Mustangs their first win of 2010.
Costa Mesa is improved in Alvis' senior year. He doesn't have to scramble as much. On the Mustangs' first two offensive plays from scrimmage in Friday night's nonleague game against the Aztecs, all he had to do was hand the ball to senior running back Mario Smith.
Smith scored on two long touchdown runs, setting the tone early as Costa Mesa routed La Quinta, 61-0, at Jim Scott Stadium. It was the Mustangs' most points and largest margin of victory since a 63-0 victory, also over La Quinta, in 1999.
The Mustangs (4-1) approached the program's single-game points record, set in a 65-19 victory over Laguna Beach in 1992. Coach Wally Grant was an assistant on that team coached by Myron Miller.