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High School Football: Mesa finishes strong

Mustangs take down Laguna Beach to finish as undefeated Orange Coast League champion.

November 08, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

LAGUNA BEACH — The Costa Mesa High Mustangs ventured to Guyer Field Friday with a single goal in mind — to win an outright Orange Coast League football championship.

Blending a determined focus with a quick start that overwhelmed Laguna Beach, the Mustangs accomplished their mission.

Costa Mesa can call itself the 2013 OCL champion. The Mustangs captured their first league title in five years by running past the Breakers, 56-30.

The triumph is the sixth straight win for Costa Mesa, which finished league play with a perfect, 5-0 mark. It also gave more steam to a team, ranked eighth in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, that has been on a steady roll over the final month of the regular season.

How does league champion sound to Coach Wally Grant?

"Great," he said, moments after the game. "This is what we've been working for all year, off-season, on-season, every day. It's been our goal from the start and to win this, feels really great.

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"I thought we came out here tonight and set the tone early. We got the early lead and knew that when we got up, our job was to close it out. [The Breakers] can sure light up a scoreboard, and we wanted to make sure we worked the clock."

The Mustangs really didn't milk the clock, as they scored with ease early and had a four-touchdown lead two minutes into the second quarter.

Once again, senior tailback Oronde Crenshaw turned in a spectacular performance. One week after going for a career-high 377 yards in a 58-41 win over Calvary Chapel, he went around right end, left end, and just about every way possible, to run his way to 250 yards, five touchdowns on 20 carries.

Crenshaw scored the first three touchdowns of the game. The Mustangs took the opening kickoff and went in for their first score. The big play on an eight-play, 71-yard drive was a 46-yard pass from quarterback Oliver Ferris to Quinton Bell. The senior wide receiver made the catch at the Laguna 42 and took off downfield before being dragged down at the seven. Three plays later, Crenshaw cruised around right end on a 10-yard scoring run. Cameron Curet's first of eight conversion kicks put Costa Mesa up 7-0 with 7:44 left in the opening quarter.

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