7 TONIGHT IRVINE HIGH
Well-balanced Irvine has Dave Doomey as a breakaway threat, Sean Van de Merghel (12 touchdown passes in five games) on a hot streak and Evan Little as a big-play receiver. Only once, to Mater Dei, has the defense given up more than 20 points. On paper, this Division VI first-round game is no contest. However, Costa Mesa is a physical team, and physical teams always have a chance because they can be disruptive. The Mustangs’ perfect performance--and they’ll need one--must eat up the clock and keep the score low. If the Mustangs don’t protect the ball, they don’t have a chance.
KEY PLAYERS Costa Mesa
RB Jimmy Herzog 1,385 yds., 17 TDs
DB Ricky Martin 12 interceptions
QB David Weir 566 yds., 8.2 per carry
RB Dave Doomey 881 yds., 10 TDs
WR Evan Little 31 rec., 18.6 yards/catch
QB Sean Van de Merghel 60.0%, 18 TDs, 4 ints.