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

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Costa Mesa coach Jimmy Nolan, center, gives instructions during a practice on Aug. 26.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Bolsa Grande High

Key Mustangs: Jr. QB Nick Burton; Sr. WR/LB Cory Richards; Sr. RB/CB Bryan Hernandez

Key Aztecs: Sr. QB/FS Andrew Rumble; Jr. SB/CB Long Phan; Jr. SB/LB Andrew Le

Breakdown: The Mustangs (1-1) travel to take on the Aztecs (0-2) in the back end of a home-and-home set between the teams. La Quinta won last season’s matchup 31-7 … Costa Mesa will play the third of four straight games against Garden Grove League opponents to begin its season. The Mustangs opened the season with a 21-18 win over Santiago at Garden Grove High, snapping a 16-game losing streak. A 16-0 home loss to Loara followed, but the Saxons have yet to surrender a point this season, including a 10-0 win over Estancia at Western High … Estancia bounced back with a 20-7 win over La Quinta last Friday at Orange Coast College. Costa Mesa could experience a similar rebound offensively against an Aztecs defense that has allowed 31 points per game through the first two contests.

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