Mario Smith, CMHS’s star player, injured his shoulder in the 2nd Quarter. Subbed in several times during the game, M. Smith’s injury only got worse leaving a gap in the Mustang’s offense.
Mesa still managed to hold it's own till halftime. After a back-and-forth first half, the game was 14-14.
During Halftime, Jim Scott Jr. dedicated a new bell to whoever would win, in honor of his father.
As the third quarter started both sides fought hard, with Costa Mesa pushing its offense and Estancia keeping a firm defense. In the middle of the third quarter, Justin Smith, rolled his ankle and was pulled from the game.
The Eagles took advantage and were able to secure a touchdown by the end of the third, leaving the Mustangs behind them. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles snatched up another touchdown, securing the win.
After the game, Costa Mesa’s head coach, Wally Grant, stated how his team “played to their best ability, but just ran out of gas.”