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High School Football: Laguna Beach holds off Costa Mesa

Mustangs suffer another tough league loss against champion Laguna Beach. This one likely ends their season.

November 01, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Costa Mesa High's Oronde Crenshaw (30) ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries.
Costa Mesa High's Oronde Crenshaw (30) ran for 280… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — To look at it one way, the Costa Mesa High football team was just 14 points from going undefeated in the Orange Coast League this year.

The Mustangs lost by just two points to Estancia and two points to Godinez.

But the Mustangs will finish fourth in league and more than likely not make the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs. The latest tough loss, which came Thursday night at Jim Scott Stadium, was probably the end of their season.

Costa Mesa battled Laguna Beach to the end but came up short on senior night, 35-28, in the league finale for both teams.

The Breakers (9-0-1, 5-0 in league) won the league title outright. The Mustangs (4-6, 2-3) finished fourth in league, and only the top three teams are guaranteed berths.

Costa Mesa will apply for the Southern Division's lone at-large berth, but Coach Wally Grant knows it will more than likely go to a team from the Pacific Coast League. But Grant said that he doesn't believe the PCL deserves to be in the Southern Division.

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"They're not going to give it to us at 4-6, over a Beckman or Northwood at 4-6," Grant said. "One of those schools is going to be 4-6 … Of course we're going to apply, but you know what? We haven't been ranked all year. To be truthful, even if we won this game, at 5-5 they're still not taking us. They're going to take a PCL team.

"We had it right by getting this league out. [The Pacific Coast League] doesn't belong in this division, and that's the reason why. You've got teams that are 2-6-1, 3-6, and they're still ranked? They don't belong … and one of those teams are going. It's not fair, and it's not right. They were out of this [division], they made an appeal, and that's a big mistake, letting them back in this division."

If the Mustangs' season is over, Grant certainly saw positives in the final game. His team easily pushed the Breakers, ranked No. 2 in the Southern Division, more than any other team in league.

Junior running back Oronde Crenshaw, who had 43 carries for 260 yards and four touchdowns, was a big reason why. Crenshaw's last score, from 10 yards out, came with 1:41 left in the game. It brought the Mustangs within a touchdown.

Jake Lux's ensuing onside kick was well-executed, as it popped high into the air. But it was grabbed by Laguna Beach's Adam Farsheed, and the Breakers were able to run the clock out.

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