The Mira Costa football team had enough of the near-misses.
The Mustangs began this shortened spring season with a three-point loss to St. Francis and followed that with a seven-point defeat against Culver City.
Last week, Mira Costa lost their third consecutive game, falling to Palos Verdes.
“We lost two heartbreakers, back-to-back,” Mira Costa coach Don Morrow said. “We had chances, in both those games, but couldn’t finish it, and then we were pretty good for three quarters up there on the hill (against Palos Verdes) and we didn’t compete in the fourth. That was the only quarter that we haven’t been right there and competed and that’s what we talked about all week long. That fourth quarter wasn’t us, we have to come and compete and play hard.”
On Friday night, the Mustangs (1-3, 1-2) went old-school, relying on their ground game and taking care of Santa Monica 49-7 in a Bay League game.
In the first quarter, Mira Costa ran 15 plays and only two were passes from quarterback Casey Pavlick.
Ryan Moreno started the scoring with an 8-yard run, Kage Geoghegan had a 6-yard touchdown run and Moreno added a 19-yard run.
The other touchdown, on Pavlick’s first pass attempt, went for a 31-yard score to Riley Bloomstrand.
“It was fun tonight,” Moreno said. “We kind of knew that this team was going to be vulnerable to the run. We were in the power look a lot. I’m a running back, so I’ll enjoy that. It was great to get some carries.
The Mustangs added a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter. Dean Repetti had a 2-yard run and Zane Thormodsgaard added a 10-yard run to send Mira Costa into halftime with a 42-7 lead.
“We needed this bad,” Thormodsgaard said. “I know our guys thought we deserved at least a couple of wins at the beginning of the season, so it’s good to finally get one. I think we were firing on all cylinders.
“We kind of took our foot off the gas last week, but this week, we played full speed all four quarters and I think it showed on the scoreboard. We went back to old-school football, brought in some more tight ends, fullbacks, went to a more running style and ran lead until they could stop it.”
Mira Costa capped the scoring on Senior Night on junior backup quarterback Cayden Kubler’s 40-yard pass to Van Graw.
The Mustangs conclude the spring season with a home game next week against Peninsula and then a meeting with rival Redondo on April 16.
“We want to keep the same momentum and get the most we can out of these last two games,” Thormodsgaard said.
In other Bay League action, Palos Verdes’ kicker Kevin Rahman booted a 42-yard field with four seconds remaining to edge Redondo 16-14. PV remains undefeated at 3-0 heading into next week’s showdown with Culver City. The Centaurs defeated Peninsula 49-0 on Friday afternoon.