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Costa Mesa's Jonathan Brucales rushes in for a tochdown against Los Amigos High during the first half of their game Friday night.

Costa Mesa dominates Los Amigos

STAFF WRITER

GARDEN GROVE – Four games into 2015, the slump of 2014 has been forgotten at Costa Mesa High.

The Mustangs improved to 3-1 on the season with a dominating, 40-14 nonleague win over Los Amigos on Friday night at Bolsa Grande High. In Glen Fisher’s first season as coach, the Mustangs have already surpassed last year’s win total by one.

Sophomore quarterback Ben Swanson completed 9 of 18 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and senior all-around talent Cameron Curet ran for 57 yards and three touchdowns, including a 35-yard score, and had four receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.

The left-handed Swanson played just a few snaps into the third quarter before being removed as a precaution with a dinged non-throwing shoulder.

“I’m very excited with what he’s done so far,’’ Fisher said of Swanson. “He was good on the freshman team last year, and he’s gotten taller and has a good worth ethic. He has a good grasp of our offense, and he’s just a puppy.’’

Curet is a senior and a big contributor. He rarely leaves the field, playing wideout on offense, in the secondary on defense and handling all kicking duties. When Swanson left, Curet took over at quarterback.

“I love competing,’’ he said. “It’s fun to do different things. I’m comfortable anywhere, except maybe the line.’’

Costa Mesa drove 68 yards on its second possession to take an 8-0 lead, Curet scoring from 5 yards out in the Wildcat formation and then adding a PAT run,

Los Amigos put together its best drive of the evening, a 60-yard jaunt featuring a 20-yard keeper by quarterback Jorge Najera and 13 yard blast by Jose Olvera before Najera scored from the 1. The PAT run was short.

It was all Costa Mesa thereafter. The Mustangs needed just three plays to go 62 yards on the next possession, Swanson completing a 22-yarder to Josh Snipes, a falling 30-yard catch by Curet and then a 9 yard lob to Curet for the score and 14-6 lead.

Contact the writer: bkeisser@ocregister.com


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