Costa Mesa's Tran Gains 311 Yards, Scores Six Touchdowns in Rout

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Now Calvary Chapel knows what it's like to be run over by a Tran.

Costa Mesa running back Binh Tran rushed for 311 yards in 34 carries and scored six touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 44-0 victory over Calvary Chapel in a nonleague game Thursday night at Newport Harbor High.

The rushing total puts Tran in eighth place in the county's all-time single-game list, and the six rushing touchdowns ties the all-time single-game record previously shared by Marcus Jenkins of Dana Hills, Mike Jacot of Southern California Christian and Jim Gleed of Dana Hills.

Tran scored on runs of one, five, 22, 10, four and 57 yards to help the Mustangs (2-3) to their most points in a game since a 51-0 defeat of Laguna Beach in the Pacific Coast League two years ago.

It was the third consecutive game of 200 or more yards for the junior. He rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns two weeks ago against Los Amigos and for 263 yards and three touchdowns last week against Troy. Tran now has 12 touchdowns.

"If we don't stop ourselves, our running game is a potent game," Costa Mesa Coach Myron Miller said.

Calvary Chapel (3-2) certainly couldn't stop Tran or anybody else the Mustangs gave the ball to. Costa Mesa had 451 yards and limited the Eagles to 15. Calvary Chapel's only positive yards came from quarterback Waylan Kruse, who passed for 53 yards.

All the Eagles could do was watch how Tran ran . . . and ran . . . and ran.

Tran carried 11 times in Costa Mesa's 18-play, 80-yard opening drive and even ran the ball in on the two-point conversion for good measure. His biggest gains came on the 57-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, a 30-yard dash a few minutes later and the 22-yard touchdown scramble midway through the second quarter.

His job was made easier by the massive Costa Mesa offensive line, led by 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle Jared Wilson, which pushed around the Calvary Chapel defensive line.

And the Eagles didn't fare much better when the ball switched sides. Calvary Chapel's biggest rushing play was a four-yard pickup by running back Matt Kellogg in the first quarter. Their most productive play was an 18-yard pass from Kruse to Shane Valdez late in the game.

County One-Game Rushing Bests

418--Jim Gleed (Dana Hills) 1979

348--Mike Miscione (Esperanza) 1986

342--Mike Jacot (So. Cal. Christian) 1992

338--Derek Brown (Servite) 1986

326--Rick Curry (La Quinta) 1971

317--Dana Riddle (Rancho Alamitos) 1989

312--Derek Brown (Servite) 1988

311--Binh Tran (Costa Mesa) 1992

308--Shane Sherman (Edison) 1989

305--Mike Charles (Cypress) 1975

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