Costa Mesa Football Preview

Costa Mesa (4-5, 2-2) vs. Laguna Beach (8-0-1, 4-0)

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

Key Mustangs: Jr. RB/LB Oronde Crenshaw (1,096 yards rushing, 13 TDs; team-high 99 tackles on defense); Sr. QB/LB Noah JeyaRajah (740 yards passing, 11 TDs, three INTs); Sr. RB/OLB Justin Smith (638 yards rushing, eight TDs);

Key Breakers: Sr. RB/S Drake Martinez (1,018 yards rushing, 16 TDs; three INTs on defense); Jr. RB/DB Nathan Lancaster (803 yards rushing, 12 TDs); Sr. QB/S Larry Stewart (643 yards passing, 12 TDs, one INT).

Breakdown: Both teams have a lot to play for in their Orange Coast League finale ... Laguna Beach, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, can clinch the outright league title with a victory ... Costa Mesa can clinch third place in league, and a playoff berth, with a victory and a Godinez loss to Saddleback on Thursday ... If the Mustangs lose, they would finish fourth in league and more than likely out of the playoffs ... Crenshaw has set new career-highs in rushing yards in each of the Mustangs' last two games, including 295 in last week's 64-22 victory over Calvary Chapel ... Laguna Beach has scored the second-most points (457) in program history. The record was set by last year's Breakers team, with 588 points in 13 games ... Costa Mesa defeated Laguna Beach last year in a shootout, 63-47, behind 359 rushing yards and seven touchdowns from then-senior Mario Smith.

— Matt Szabo

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