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Week 3 High School Football Preview: Costa Mesa vs. La Quinta

Week 3 High School Football Preview: Costa Mesa vs. La Quinta
Costa Mesa High coach David Gutierrez, right, and senior quarterback Blake Juncker hope to lead the Mustangs to their first win on Friday against La Quinta. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Costa Mesa High

Key Mustangs: Sr. QB Blake Juncker; Sr. C/DT Carlos Aguilar; Sr. G/DE Aruna Bijanjan

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Key Aztecs: Sr. QB Michael Nadeau; Sr. LB Freddie Pimentel; Sr. WR/CB Trung Huynh

Breakdown: Costa Mesa hosts La Quinta, with both teams looking for their first win of the season in Friday night’s nonleague game … The Mustangs (0-3) have struggled mightily on offense, scoring a single touchdown — an 18-yard pass from Juncker to Jon Trujillo in the opener at San Gabriel Gabrielino. Costa Mesa has averaged three points per game, and it suffered a 49-0 shutout at the hands of Loara last week … Overall, the Mustangs have lost nine consecutive games, going back to last year … La Quinta reached the CIF Southern Section Division 13 semifinals last season, but the Aztecs (0-2) have not been able to stop opposing offenses to this point, allowing 44 points per game. Nadeau is the main returner from the Aztecs’ deep playoff run in 2017.

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