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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
Jeremy Osso has been fired as football coach at Costa Mesa High, he said Wednesday night. Prinicipal Phil D'Agostino said he has decided for the school to go in a different direction. Wally Grant, a Costa Mesa alumnus who was the defensive coordinator last season, will be the football team's interim coach, D'Agostino said. Osso said he was removed because he did not have a teaching credential. "I just don't think I was Phil's guy," Osso said. "That's OK he's the principal and he makes the decisions.
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October 10, 2013
Estancia (2-3) vs. Costa Mesa (2-3) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Eagles: Jr. RB Christian Laurent (724 yards and two TDs on 148 carries); Jr. DB-FB Ronnie Urquiza (38 tackles); So. QB Connor Brown (372 yards, three TDs and five INTs on 38 of 83 passing) Key Mustangs: Sr. RB-MLB-KR Oronde Crenshaw (391 yards and four TDs on 64 carries, three kickoffs for TDs); Sr. WR-OLB Quinton Bell (three catches for 38 yards); Sr. TE-DL Joseph Quiroz Breakdown: Cross-town rivals Costa Mesa and Estancia meet in the 47th edition of the Battle for the Bell game … Mustangs are the home team in the Orange Coast League opener at Jim Scott Stadium, the facility they share with the Eagles … Estancia has beaten Costa Mesa in the last three meetings and its holds a 27-18-1 edge in the series … Mustangs are coming off a bye week, which allowed standout Oronde Crenshaw, a tailback and middle linebacker, to rest nagging right foot injuries … Estancia Coach Mike Bargas is 4-2 against the Mustangs, while Wally Grant is 0-2 as Costa Mesa's head coach.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
Jeremy Osso, the former Costa Mesa High football coach, will work as the offensive line coach at University High, he said Wednesday. Osso went 20-33 with two league titles in five seasons before being fired as coach at Costa Mesa last month. Costa Mesa Principal Phil D'Agostino said he wanted the school to go in a different direction. Osso said he was removed because he didn't have a teaching credential. Wally Grant, a former assistant at Tustin and Mesa, took over as the interim coach.
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November 14, 2013
Costa Mesa (7-3) vs. Katella (7-3) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Mustangs: Sr. RB/MLB Oronde Crenshaw (1,861 yards rushing on 202 carries; 28 total TDs including kick returns; team-high 105 tackles); Sr. WR/OLB Quinton Bell (297 yards receiving and four TDs); Sr. TE/DL Joseph Quiroz (241 yards receiving and one TD; 87 tackles, team-best 8.5 sacks). Key Knights: Sr. RB TJ Ashmeade (1,485 yards rushing and 13 TDs on 199 carries); Sr. FB/CB Ben Cobb (770 yards rushing and six TDs on 123 carries)
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 2, 2011
On the same day Wally Grant wed and coached Costa Mesa High in the Battle for the Bell football game, Principal Phil D'Agostino told Grant he was no longer the interim coach. "Maybe I made him too nervous," D'Agostino joked as the Mustangs went on to lose to Estancia, 28-14, in the regular-season finale, which decided the city championship and Orange Coast League title on Nov. 11. "We knew going into the Battle of the Bell game that regardless of what happened, Wally was going to be our guy. We've been extremely pleased with the work he did this season.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 14, 2011
Wally Grant used to sell bats for a living, so he knows a home-run hitter when he sees one. On the football field, Grant has one in Mario Smith. The senior running back last week took Costa Mesa High's first play from scrimmage to the house. In five seconds, he covered 77 yards. Smith is fast, but not that explosive. Whoever ran the scoreboard that night at Garden Grove High must have started the clock late on Smith's touchdown run. Grant said he's clocked Smith in the 40-yard dash several times at 4.4 seconds.
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By Matt Szabo | August 27, 2013
There are two streaks that the Costa Mesa High football team would like to end this season, one at the beginning and one at the end. The Mustangs have lost their last 11 straight season openers. They can change that Friday, when they travel to Western. The second streak is longer, and ultimately far more important. The program also has not won a playoff game since 1997. It's safe to say that Costa Mesa, which finished 4-6 a year ago and failed to make the playoffs, would like to end both streaks.
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By Steve Virgen | November 10, 2011
This is a football game people were talking about back in the spring. The hype only escalated when Mario Smith landed at Costa Mesa High in the summer. As the season turned to fall, the buzz continued to intensify. Now expectations for the Battle for the Bell are at an all-time high. I've got a feeling that people will talk about the game long afterward, too. I've got a feeling Friday night will be a good night. There are so many story lines. You want playoff atmosphere?
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By Matt Szabo | November 15, 2013
After watching his team commit five turnovers Friday night and fail to generate the running game it typically does, Costa Mesa High football coach Wally Grant said that Katella appeared to want the game more than the Mustangs did. It seemed surprising, given everything that Costa Mesa had going for it heading into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division first-round game at Jim Scott Stadium. The Mustangs had won six games in a row and were undefeated Orange Coast League champions.
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November 14, 2013
Costa Mesa (7-3) vs. Katella (7-3) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Mustangs: Sr. RB/MLB Oronde Crenshaw (1,861 yards rushing on 202 carries; 28 total TDs including kick returns; team-high 105 tackles); Sr. WR/OLB Quinton Bell (297 yards receiving and four TDs); Sr. TE/DL Joseph Quiroz (241 yards receiving and one TD; 87 tackles, team-best 8.5 sacks). Key Knights: Sr. RB TJ Ashmeade (1,485 yards rushing and 13 TDs on 199 carries); Sr. FB/CB Ben Cobb (770 yards rushing and six TDs on 123 carries)
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By Mike Sciacca | November 8, 2013
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.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 11, 2013
In the offseason, Oronde Crenshaw ran from his house near Costa Mesa High to a campus across town. The trip is one he made every other weekend. The 3.1-mile run led him to Jim Scott Stadium, on the campus of rival Estancia. When he arrived, the site reminded him of the one football team he and Costa Mesa failed to beat in the last three years in Orange Coast League play. Crenshaw returned to the stadium on Friday night to face that team one last time before he graduates. A bus brought Crenshaw, saving his legs for the contest.
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October 10, 2013
Estancia (2-3) vs. Costa Mesa (2-3) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Eagles: Jr. RB Christian Laurent (724 yards and two TDs on 148 carries); Jr. DB-FB Ronnie Urquiza (38 tackles); So. QB Connor Brown (372 yards, three TDs and five INTs on 38 of 83 passing) Key Mustangs: Sr. RB-MLB-KR Oronde Crenshaw (391 yards and four TDs on 64 carries, three kickoffs for TDs); Sr. WR-OLB Quinton Bell (three catches for 38 yards); Sr. TE-DL Joseph Quiroz Breakdown: Cross-town rivals Costa Mesa and Estancia meet in the 47th edition of the Battle for the Bell game … Mustangs are the home team in the Orange Coast League opener at Jim Scott Stadium, the facility they share with the Eagles … Estancia has beaten Costa Mesa in the last three meetings and its holds a 27-18-1 edge in the series … Mustangs are coming off a bye week, which allowed standout Oronde Crenshaw, a tailback and middle linebacker, to rest nagging right foot injuries … Estancia Coach Mike Bargas is 4-2 against the Mustangs, while Wally Grant is 0-2 as Costa Mesa's head coach.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 5, 2013
As you can tell this season, I haven't done so well picking high school football games. This week I went winless. For the year, I'm 15-10. There are at least five more weeks left in the season. The biggest game in town next week is the Battle for the Bell. The game between rivals Costa Mesa and Estancia is on Friday at Jim Scott Stadium at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are the home team this year. While Estancia holds a 27-18-1 edge in the series, I believe Costa Mesa will claim the 47th edition of the game.
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By Matt Szabo | August 30, 2013
ANAHEIM - It took senior Oronde Crenshaw just 38 seconds on Friday night to accomplish something Costa Mesa High football coach Wally Grant said he hadn't seen in 20 years of coaching. Crenshaw returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game in the season opener at Western. The first two went for 87 yards, one when he found a seam on the left side and one going up the middle. The last return went for 89. Crenshaw almost single-handedly kept the Mustangs in the game. "In 20 years, I haven't seen it," Grant said.
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By Matt Szabo | August 27, 2013
There are two streaks that the Costa Mesa High football team would like to end this season, one at the beginning and one at the end. The Mustangs have lost their last 11 straight season openers. They can change that Friday, when they travel to Western. The second streak is longer, and ultimately far more important. The program also has not won a playoff game since 1997. It's safe to say that Costa Mesa, which finished 4-6 a year ago and failed to make the playoffs, would like to end both streaks.
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