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Two-Minute Drill: Mustangs continue to peak

High School Football

Mesa key players gain health as Mustangs poised to earn playoff berth with victory over Saddleback Saturday.

October 22, 2013

COSTA MESA

•Costa Mesa put on an offensive explosion in Friday night's 64-39 Orange Coast League win over Godinez.

The Mustangs' 64 points were second in program history by a single point. They beat Laguna Beach, 65-19, in 1992.

Things seem to be coming together at the right time for Mesa (4-3, 2-0 in league). Coach Wally Grant said Tuesday that his team is as its healthy as it has been in two months, since the Mustangs' scrimmage against Duarte.

"Now that we're healthy, we're starting to do some things that I expected from us all year long," Grant said.

Grant said he expects senior linebacker and receiver Quinton Bell back for Saturday's game against Saddleback. Bell missed last week's game with a partially collapsed lung. He also missed the Mustangs' first four games of the season with a hip flexor injury.

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Junior fullback/defensive end Will Padilla had to leave Friday's game after rolling his ankle, but Grant said that Padilla is fine. He has scored three touchdowns in Costa Mesa's last two games.

•Senior tailback Oronde Crenshaw took much of the attention in Friday's win, and deservedly so after rushing for 276 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. But Costa Mesa also got one of its best performances of the season from senior quarterback Oliver Ferris.

Ferris completed eight of 11 passes for a season-high 180 yards and a touchdown. He showed an early rapport with senior receiver Daniel Lawrence, completing three passes to Lawrence for 57 yards on the Mustangs' first drive alone.

Grant credited the job that quarterbacks coach Bill Lux has been doing with Ferris, a first-year starter at the position.

"He made two clutch passes in the Estancia game, and he was quite sharp in Friday night's game," Grant said. "We have all the pieces of the puzzle now."

Ferris also helped spring Crenshaw for his fifth touchdown, just before the end of the first half. Ferris' nice block about 20 yards downfield aided Crenshaw, who took off down the home sideline on a 65-yard score.

•This Saturday's league game against Saddleback, at 1 p.m. at Segerstrom High, is the Mustangs' third Saturday game already this season.

Grant said he usually prefers Thursday games to Saturday games. But he said this year the Saturday contests have been "a blessing in disguise," allowing the Mustangs an extra day to heal their injuries.

Costa Mesa was 1-1 in its first two Saturday tilts, a 24-6 win over Santiago on Sept. 7 and a 21-16 loss to Katella on Sept. 14.

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