The game started off on the right foot for Mesa with a touchdown in the first quarter by Oronde Crenshaw. Laguna Beach countered with a touchdown of their own late in the first. Early in the second Mesa’s Justin Smith was injured putting a damper on the outlook of the game. Laguna scored another touchdown half way into the second taking the lead. Shortly after their touchdown Laguna Beach’s Drake Martinez intercepted the ball. Laguna was able to capitalize and scored another touchdown, as well as a field goal.
At half time Laguna Beach was in the lead 21-7. When asked about Mesa’s performance Geoff Fulkerson, a student at Costa Mesa High, said “We had high hopes for CIF but the way that we are playing isn’t going to cut it.” At the start of the third Laguna Beach scored yet another touchdown along with another field goal. Costa Mesa’s Oronde Crenshaw scored his second touchdown of the night. Noah JeyaRajah then intercepted the ball, Mesa seemed to be on the rebound. Ashley Tfaye piloted the charge from the stands leading Mesa students cheering with zest and poise. Late in the third Mesa scored yet again, and complemented their touchdown with another field goal. Laguna’s Drake Martinez halted Mesa’s charge with a touchdown of his own, plus a field goal. The Mustangs now on offense fumbled the ball which the Breakers recovered. However Laguna did not end up scoring off the fumble.
Late in the fourth quarter Laguna intercepted the ball for the second time. Shortly after Mesa negated the Breaker’s interception by intercepting the ball for themselves, putting the Mustangs in a position to score. Oronde Crenshaw scored his third touchdown of the night and Jake Lux scored the field goal to end the game 28 Mesa – 35 Laguna Beach. The mustangs will not be going to CIF this year.