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Two-minute drill: Crenshaw to sit out game

Games for week ending Sept. 7

September 10, 2013

COSTA MESA

•Costa Mesa High will be without the services of standout senior Oronde Crenshaw for at least this week.

Crenshaw said he suffered a right high ankle sprain and a bone bruise on top of the foot during the Mustangs' 24-6 win against Santiago at Garden Grove High last week. The running back suffered the injuries during a run early in the second quarter.

Crenshaw returned later in the quarter, only to leave again after two carries.

"Nothing major," Crenshaw said on Tuesday. "Just a helmet to the ankle is all.

"I will be back to normal next week."

Crenshaw rushed 16 times for 100 yards and one touchdown against Santiago. As a linebacker, he forced a fumble and produced four tackles for Costa Mesa (1-1).

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Coach Wally Grant said Crenshaw had a bum right Achilles' heel going into the game. After the game, Grant said he expected Crenshaw, who missed the second half against Santiago, to be ready for the Mustangs' home opener against Katella (1-0) at Jim Scott Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m.

"I only suited up 24 kids, so I have to be real careful with, you know, where we're at, who's hurt and who's banged, and get them 100% healthy, so we're good for our [Orange Coast League schedule]," said Grant, adding that he liked that Crenshaw's backups in the backfield, Jason Garcia and Mason Mataafu, got work in.

Garcia rushed 11 times for 32 yards and Mataafu eight times for 21 yards.

Grant said Quinton Bell, a senior receiver and linebacker, could've played against Santiago. Bell has sat out the first two games with a hip-flexor injury.

While Crenshaw is out, Bell might return this week.

"[I'm] only good because of the other 10 men around [me]," said Crenshaw, who has rushed 45 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. "[I'm] definitely not a one-man gang."

•The Mustangs were 4.6 seconds away from recording their first shutout since Oct. 21, 2011.

On the game's final play, Costa Mesa gave up a 15-yard touchdown pass to Santiago as time expired.

Costa Mesa's defense played lights out, recovering three fumbles, intercepting two passes and forcing two turnovers on downs.

•Costa Mesa hasn't had much success in the first week of the season in recent years, but it sure knows how to bounce back in the second game.

The Mustangs got past Santiago, giving them their first win of the season and third in as many years against the Cavaliers in the second game of the year.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

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