Costa Mesa vs. Katella

High School Football

When/where: Tonight, 7 at La Palma Park

Key Mustangs: Sr. RB-DE Tyler Sheffner (10 carries, 42 rushing yards, two overall touchdowns); Sr. OT-DT Andrew Albers; Jr. QB Nathan Alvis (19 for 38 passing, 266 yards, two touchdowns); Jr. WR Trace Curet (five receptions, 78 yards).

Breakdown: The Mustangs (0-2) rallied to get a chance at victory last week against Santiago after a lopsided loss to Buena Park in the opener … Katella (1-0) is coming off a 55-20 win over Sunny Hills in which it rolled up 427 rushing yards … Costa Mesa has struggled to get its ground game going, but Alvis has proved to be a dangerous weapon and continues to mature in his first season as the starter … Mesa got a big lift against Santiago with the return of Sheffner, who provides punch as a ballcarrier and is also a threat catching passes … A loss would mark the sixth time in the last seven seasons that Costa Mesa began the season 0-3.

— Barry Faulkner

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