Leave it to the oldest guy on Coach Wally Grant's staff to explain the reason for the Costa Mesa High football team's 5-1 start.
"When you have fast kids," said John Carney, a 67-year-old assistant, "you start fast."
Carney knows speed when he sees it. Running backs Mario Smith and Oronde Crenshaw have speed.
Carney has been around the game for a long time. He said he coached and taught history at Costa Mesa for 34½ years.
To Grant, Carney was the perfect guy to join him in his first year in charge of a high school program.
To Carney, Grant just needed someone other than assistant head coach Kent Paul to needle.
"He asked Kent to come to work for him," Carney said. "Kent was the old man. They were ripping on him all the time and then they got me to come out."
Grant likes to joke that he blackmailed his former coach to come out.