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Week 2 High School Football Preview: Costa Mesa vs. Loara

Costa Mesa’s Carlos Aguilar works on line drills during practice on Tuesdasy, August 14.
Senior lineman Carlos Aguilar, shown during practice on Aug. 14, and the Costa Mesa High football team are seeking their first win of 2018.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Glover Stadium

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

Key Saxons: Sr. QB/FS Matt Blackney; Sr. OL/DL Jacob Angel; Jr. WR/OLB Matthew Galindo

Breakdown: Two teams that have struggled in recent years are both looking for their first win of the season, as Costa Mesa (0-2) travels to play Loara (0-1) … The Mustangs have been outscored 72-9 in their first two games, including last week’s 35-3 setback against Santiago … Costa Mesa now plays against a second straight team from the Garden Grove League … The Mustangs are trying to avoid their second 0-3 start in three years. The 2016 team started 0-9 before beating Saddleback in its season finale … Costa Mesa beat Loara 24-20 last season … Loara opened its season last week with a 34-21 loss at Estancia. The Saxons gave up five rushing touchdowns, including three to Trevor Pacheco … Loara has not had a winning season since 2013, which was also the last time the Saxons made the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Since then, Loara has gone a combined 3-38, including a 2-8 record last season.


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