Quinton Bell helped Costa Mesa High put away Estancia in the Battle for the Bell rivalry game last week, returning an interception 49 yards for a touchdown late.
In doing so, Coach Wally Grant said his linebacker suffered a partially collapsed lung and will be out this week.
"After that interception, it was hard for him to catch his breath," said Grant, adding that Bell was breathing violently after the Mustangs beat Estancia, 31-18, at Jim Scott Stadium. "It's actually a quite common injury among adolescent boys. They just made sure and got all the air out of his lungs.
"He was walking around fine at school [on Tuesday]. They're going to look at him next week and we'll see if they clear him to play."
Bell, who also is a wide receiver, played in only his second game of the season for Costa Mesa (3-3, 1-0 in league). He missed the first four games with a hip flexor injury.
•Another senior standout Mustang who is hurting is Oronde Crenshaw.
Crenshaw went into the Battle for the Bell with nagging right foot injuries. After the game, he said played at about 85% and Costa Mesa received a 214-yard and one-touchdown rushing performance from Crenshaw to open Orange Coast League play with a victory.
"Poor kid," Grant said of his tailback. "I don't know how many times I ran him."
Crenshaw said he had to run hard for his school and family. This was the first time his father, Oronde Crenshaw Sr., a former Costa Mesa star, saw him play this season.
Dad, who flew in from Utah, watched his son carry the ball a season-high 35 times. The workload took a toll on Crenshaw, who went into the game with just 64 rushes in 10 quarters he had played in this year.
Crenshaw cramped up late in the third quarter, with the Mustangs up, 14-6. He returned at the start of the fourth and helped Costa Mesa get into field-goal range. Cameron Curet's 27-yard field goal pushed the Mustangs' lead to 17-12.
Crenshaw played most of the game, starting at running back, middle linebacker and on special teams. He hobbled off the field with Costa Mesa ahead, 24-18, and the offense on the Eagles' 41 with 3:48 left to play.
The Mustangs put the game away, scoring a touchdown three plays later.
"I just love my [guys blocking]," said Crenshaw, before naming the linemen, left tackle Adam JeyaRajah, left guard Edgar Molina, center Kirby Herrera, right guard Marco Zalpa, right tackle Neru Fesili, and tight ends, Joseph Quiroz and Corbin Pritchard.
"Now we have to focus on the next game in league."
The Mustangs play host to Godinez (3-3, 0-1) at Jim Scott Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
•Crenshaw amassed the most yards on the ground for Costa Mesa, but it was fullback Will Padilla with the most rushing touchdowns against Estancia.
Padilla scored twice, and he should've really had three touchdowns, if not for a holding call two minutes into the second half nullifying his 60-yard touchdown run.