High School Football: Mesa rolls to victory

Tailback Crenshaw nets 266 yards and four TDs rushing as Mesa offense scores on every possession.

October 19, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa High football team entered Friday's Orange Coast League contest against Saddleback in a three-game tailspin on the verge of being eliminated a berth into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

The Mustangs were obviously ready to change things up.

The result was seven touchdowns and a field goal on Costa Mesa's eight offensive possessions to run away for a 58-12 triumph at Jim Scott Stadium.

Junior tailback Oronde Crenshaw rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns to lead the onslaught, which included a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Noah JeyaRajah.


Costa Mesa, which thumped the Roadrunners, 61-0, last season, improved to 3-5, 1-2 in league.

Saddleback, which posted its first league win in 27 games dating back to 2006 last week, fell to 3-5, 1-2.

Costa Mesa took very few missteps, intercepting two Saddleback passes and commanding the running and passing lanes on offense.

The Mustangs did not punt and averaged nearly 64 yards on their seven touchdown drives.

Crenshaw, who had shared rushing chores with senior Justin Smith, produced scoring runs of 61, 20, 15 and nine yards, while also breaking off a 55-yarder to set up a touchdown on the third play of the second half.

JeyaRajah, who also gashed the Roadrunners on a 16-yard sneak for a touchdown late in the first quarter, connected on a 59-yard scoring pass to Markiece Traylor to cap the hosts' third possession. JeyaRajah lofted another accurate scoring strike of 30 yards to Daniel Lawrence late in the first half.

Jake Lux, who booted a 46-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, converted six of seven PATs, with the lone exception being blocked.

Senior running back Erick Diaz capped the Mustangs' scoring barrage with a 64-yard sprint on Costa Mesa's final offensive play with 5:37 left in the game.

The lopsided lead initiated a running clock in the final period, as the Roadrunners' coaches yelled to the timer atop the stands on the opposite side of the field to insure time ticked away on a discouraging setback.

Quinten Bell and Traylor had interceptions for the Mustangs, who also took over by stopping a fake field-goal attempt and once halting a fourth-down running play for a three-yard loss.

No fewer than 10 Costa Mesa defenders made tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage as the Roadrunners managed just four plays of more than 10 yards, including a late 68-yard scoring run against backups.

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