Costa Mesa vs.
When/where: Tonight, 7 at Jim Scott Stadium
Key Mustangs: Sr. RB-DE Tyler Sheffner (five combined TDs rushing and receiving); Jr. QB Nathan Alvis (28 for 56 passing for 348 yards, four TDs and no INTs); Sr. OT-DT Andrew Albers; Sr. DE-OG Nick Cendoya.
Key Seahawks: Sr. QB Nolan Tippy (477 yards and two TDs passing); Jr. RB Timmy Robinson (479 yards rushing, four TDs); Sr. WR Blake Walker (eight catches, 237 yards, 1 TD).
Breakdown: The Mustangs (0-3) will try to avoid another slow start that has allowed opponents to outscore them, 85-24, in the first half this season … Mesa has outscored foes, 42-9, in the second half. "Maybe it's the halftime speeches," said Coach Jeremy Osso with a laugh … Mesa senior DeSean Grayson has returned two kickoffs for TDs of 90 and 86 yards … Mesa's first three opponents were a combined 7-0 heading into Thursday, including Santiago and Katella, ranked No. 2 and No. 8, respectively, in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division … Ocean View (2-1) has won two straight, both against Orange Coast League entries Laguna Beach and Calvary Chapel … The Seahawks have won the last two meetings with Mesa, after the Mustangs won five straight in the series from 2001-05 … Tippy is a three-year starter for the Seahawks … Robinson is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound load.
— Barry Faulkner