Costa Mesa Football Preview

Costa Mesa (2-5, 0-2) vs. Saddleback (3-4, 1-1)

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

Key Mustangs: Jr. RB-LB Oronde Crenshaw (514 yards, six TDs rushing); Sr. QB-LB Noah JayaRajah (579 yards, eight TDs passing; 222 yards, two TDs rushing); Sr. RB-OLB Justin Smith (578 yards, five TDs rushing); Sr. WR Markiece Traylor (469 yards, six TDs receiving).

Key Roadrunners: Sr. RB Eddie Arvezu (497 yards, nine TDs rushing); Jr. RB Isiah Franks (482 yards, four TDs rushing); Sr. WR Christian Farias (306 yards rushing, 211 receiving).

Breakdown: The Mustangs enter the Orange Coast League clash on a three-game losing streak, with the last two losses by two-point deficits. It's the first time in school history they have lost two straight games by as few as four combined points and the program's last two-point loss was 26 years ago ... A loss would eliminate Costa Mesa from the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs ... Saddleback topped Calvary Chapel, 29-28, on Friday for its first league win in 27 games, dating back to 2006 ... The Roadrunners' three wins match the program's total in the previous five seasons ... Saddleback has not had a touchdown pass this season ...Crenshaw and Smith are responsible for 76.3% of Mesa's 1,432 rushing yards, while Traylor has accounted for 81% of the team's 579 receiving yards ... Saddleback has TD runs this season of 78, 72, 67, 65 and 50 yards, while Farias has scored on a 55-yard interception return, a 54-yard punt return and a 35-yard fumble return ... The Roadrunners also have a 73-yard fumble return for a TD ... Mesa has totaled 40 points during its losing streak and 138 in seven games ... The Mustangs beat the Roadrunners, 61-0, last season and have won four straight to take a 10-8 lead in the series ... Mesa has won 10 of the last 12 against Saddleback.

— Barry Faulkner

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