Tustin High School's Disaster in the Mud started after it lost the opening coin toss and descended from there in a Sea View League football game against Newport Harbor on a rainy Thursday night.
The Sailors, taking advantage of a dry field on the opening series and numerous turnovers throughout the game, beat Tustin, 24-0, in front of 750 at Davidson Field in Newport Beach.
With the loss, Tustin's hopes for a league championship may have sunk into the muck and mire of Davidson Field. The Tillers (5-3-1 overall, 2-1-1 in league play) came into the game tied with Saddleback, but now must hope Saddleback loses at least one of its remaining two regular-season games.
Tustin lost four fumbles and quarterback George Menges had two of his passes intercepted Thursday night.
The rain played a major role in helping the Sailors (7-2, 3-1) move closer to a berth in the Central Conference playoffs.