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High School Football: Mesa clinches playoff spot

Mustangs score early and dominate Saddleback to remain tied for first in league with Calvary Chapel.

October 26, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Costa Mesa High's Oronde Crenshaw (30) ran for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries against Saddleback in an Orange Coast League game at Segerstrom High in Santa Ana on Saturday.
Costa Mesa High's Oronde Crenshaw (30) ran for 266… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

SANTA ANA — Almost every time the PA announcer called the name of a Costa Mesa High player, he began with the last name, followed by the first.

Someone might want to update the Mustangs' football roster. First names first, last names second.

What truly matters to the Mustangs is hearing where they're at in the Orange Coast League standings: first place. They are looking like the class of the league. Remember their names.

Costa Mesa went on the road Saturday, not too far from home, and walloped Saddleback, 54-12, at Segerstrom High. The result kept the Mustangs atop the league with Calvary Chapel and clinched a berth into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs, their first in two years.

The Mustangs faced the worst team in the league in Saddleback. Next is Calvary Chapel, the only other 3-0 team in league. The Mustangs and Calvary Chapel have a first-place showdown at Jim Scott Stadium on Friday.

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Costa Mesa Coach Wally Grant is glad the battle will take place under the lights. He wasn't too happy with having to play Saddleback on a Saturday afternoon.

"Horrible, flat out horrible," Grant said after his team played its first Saturday afternoon game of the year. "[Playing on Saturday afternoon] is what college football is about. High school football is Friday night lights.

"I was pleased with how we adjusted to this Saturday afternoon."

Grant's team rose early and ate pancakes and eggs at 9 a.m., four hours before the game. Right after kickoff, the Mustangs flattened a winless team and forced its quarterback to scramble.

Costa Mesa (5-3 overall) wasted little time in handing the host team its eighth setback of the year. The victory is the Mustangs' fourth in a row and their second in which they have posted at least 54 points in league.

As it usually does, Costa Mesa relied on tailback Oronde Crenshaw and the offensive line, left tackle Adam JeyaRajah, left guard Edgar Molina, center Kirby Herrera, right guard Marco Zalpa and right tackle Neru Fesili, and tight ends Joseph Quiroz and Corbin Pritchard. Crenshaw rushed 21 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns. The performance marked his third straight above 200 yards. The senior has 10 touchdowns on the ground during the stretch.

On the Mustangs' first score, coming after stopping Saddleback on downs, they went to someone other than Crenshaw. He did have daylight in front of him. Then a defensive back caught Crenshaw from behind, tripping him up on the two.

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