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Costa Mesa Football Preview

Costa Mesa (4-1) vs. Godinez (3-2)

When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium

Key Mustangs: Sr. RB/CB Mario Smith (824 yards rushing, nine TDs); Sr. QB Nathan Alvis (696 yards passing, 10 TDs, two INTs); Soph. FB/LB Oronde Crenshaw (118 yards rushing, six TDs).

Key Grizzlies: Sr. QB Raul Rodriguez (654 yards passing, five TDs, four INTs); Sr. RB Isaiah Valencia (309 yards rushing, three TDs); Jr. LB Jose Ocampo (team-high 56 tackles).


Breakdown: Friday’s game is the Orange Coast League opener for both schools, and homecoming for Costa Mesa … Costa Mesa is coming off a bye, while Godinez lost to Segerstrom, 42-21, last week … Godinez defeated Costa Mesa, 42-41, in triple overtime in last year’s league opener … The loss proved to hurt the Mustangs, who went 2-3 in league and didn’t make the CIF playoffs while Godinez went 3-2 and earned its first playoff berth in program history … This is Godinez’s fourth varsity season … Costa Mesa, which has won four straight games since opening with a loss at Buena Park, is averaging 41.2 points per game.

— Matt Szabo