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High School Football: Mustangs atop OCL

Costa Mesa, led by Crenshaw's 377 rushing yards and 5 TDs, pushes past Calvary Chapel in first-place showdown.

November 01, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Leading up to the first-place showdown in the Orange Coast League with Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa Coach Wally Grant talked about a track meet. He watched the Eagles score touchdowns in a hurry on the football field last week, producing a school-record 62 points.

If Friday's game was a track meet, Calvary Chapel dropped the baton and flung it around way too many times.

Six turnovers cost Calvary Chapel and helped Costa Mesa clinch at least a share of the league title. The Mustangs finished ahead of the Eagles, 58-41, at Jim Scott Stadium.

The finish line for Costa Mesa (6-3, 4-0 in league) is next week on the road, where it can wrap up its second undefeated league title in five years. In the way is Laguna Beach (5-4, 2-2), the same team that Grant saw come up six points short in overtime last week against Calvary Chapel.

"We didn't come this far not to finish it," Grant said of the Mustangs becoming the outright league champions. "We want 5-0. That's why I was brought on [as the head coach two years ago]. We're not settling."

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On the same field Grant saw Laguna Beach tear up Calvary Chapel's defense on the ground, he went to his workhorse, Oronde Crenshaw. All Crenshaw managed to do was rush for a career-high 377 yards. It took the senior 43 carries to amass the total. Five of those carries went for touchdowns, the longest a 78-yarder.

Crenshaw's performance wasn't the type Calvary Chapel (7-2, 3-1) surrendered the previous week to Laguna Beach's Nathan Lancaster, who set an Orange County single-game record with 547 yards on 30 carries. Nevertheless, Crenshaw's effort, which ranks 10th in county history, more than stood out in Grant's eyes.

"It's up there," Grant said, referring to where Crenshaw ranks in single-game performances with other Costa Mesa tailbacks. "When I was coaching in the early '90s with [Costa Mesa coach] Myron [Miller] … Charles Chatman ran for [a school-record 414 yards in 1994], so that's right up there with the best."

Crenshaw, with his offensive line paving the way, never let up. He rushed 18 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, putting away Calvary Chapel.

The Eagles suffered their first setback in league and along with it went their six-game winning streak. With one league game left, their league championship hopes took a hit. The Eagles last claimed a league title in 1991, back in the Arrowhead League.

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