Costa Mesa vs. Santiago
When/where: Tonight, 7 at Estancia High
Key Mustangs: Sr. OT Andrew Albers; Sr. LB Nick Guzowski; Jr. QB Nathan Alvis (91 passing yards, one rushing TD); Sr. RB Gilbert Quinones (five carries, 55 rushing yards).
Breakdown: The Mustangs (0-1) are coming off their ninth straight season-opening loss and trying to break a six-game losing streak in their second game on the schedule … Santiago (0-0) is ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division and is coming off a 9-3 season that included a 24-6 win over Costa Mesa in the first round of the playoffs … Mesa senior fullback Tyler Sheffner will miss his second straight game with an ulcer, Coach Jeremy Osso said … Osso cites discipline and better tackling as the two areas he hopes improve most from last week's 40-17 loss to Buena Park … Guzowski shifts from cornerback to middle linebacker as one of several position changes for Mesa … Santiago's top three rushers last season were juniors, but only Salvador Ceja (486 yards and nine TDs) has returned.
— Barry Faulkner