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High School Football

November 08, 2011


*Costa Mesa takes its high-scoring act to the Battle for the Bell.

If the Mustangs want to be the first to ring it, they have to get past rival Estancia, owner of the Bell.

The way the Mustangs are scoring points, they might beat the Eagles to it.

The Battle for the Bell this Friday at Jim Scott Stadium at 7 p.m. is the Battle for the Orange Coast League title. The winner claims the city title and league title.


The Mustangs put themselves in position to claim their first outright league title in three years after winning a shootout at Laguna Beach, 63-47, last Friday. Costa Mesa produced the second-highest point total in the program's history.

The Mustangs (8-1, 4-0 in league) are averaging almost seven touchdowns per game. That was Mario Smith's production last week, when the senior running back rushed for seven touchdowns, along with 359 yards, both career bests.

No team has scored more than 30 points on defending league champion Estancia (7-2, 4-0) this season. The Eagles are allowing 12 points per game.

Estancia is trying to finish undefeated in league for the second straight year, a first for the program.

Estancia leads the series against Costa Mesa, 25-18-1.


*Smith's 359 yards and seven touchdowns on 30 carries caught the attention of ESPN.

Smith is the ESPNHS High School Cal-Hi Sports Athlete of the Week after running wild on Laguna Beach.

The seven touchdowns on the ground are a Costa Mesa school record. Smith was one rushing touchdown away from tying the Orange County record set by Bolsa Grande's Andrew Niumata in 1998.

Only once did the defense stop Smith for no gain. The rest went for positive yards, including touchdown runs of 31, 3, 12, 4, 37, 1 and 49 yards.

In the first half, Smith gained 180 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.

Smith needed half the workload to finish one yard and one touchdown short of matching his yards and touchdown totals from the first half.

Smith needed 56 yards to break Costa Mesa's single-game rushing record of 414 yards set by Charles Chatman in 1994.


*Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach combined for 110 points, 16 touchdowns and 1,314 yards.



*Estancia High junior defensive tackle Kevin Peters had his William "The Refrigerator" Perry moment in the Eagles' 40-0 Orange Coast League home win over Calvary Chapel.

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