Coast (2-1, 0-1 in the conference's American Division) couldn't
get its offense going against powerful Saddleback and fell, 30-7,
last week. Fullerton (2-1, 0-1 in the conference's National Division)
lost to Palomar, 30-26. Palomar went 10-1 a year ago and entered this
season ranked No. 4 in the country by JC Grid Wire, a national
community college football publication.
Fullerton sophomore quarterback Tom Kirchmeyer averages 196 yards
per game through the air, good for third in the conference, while
sophomore wide receiver Chaz Guinn ranks second in receptions per
game with 6.7. Guinn leads all conference receivers with 267 total
Coast linebacker Joe Mitchell ranks eighth in the conference with
29 tackles while Fullerton counterpart John Morris leads with 36.
The Pirates ran away from Fullerton last season, earning a 37-21
victory in Week 9, largely on the running of Niles Mittasch.
Mittasch, who is redshirting at the University of Oregon this year,
carried 28 times for 224 yards and three touchdowns. Mittasch was the
last OCC player to have more than 25 carries and gain at least 200
yards on the ground in one game when he accomplished the feat against
the Hornets last fall.
Fullerton leads the overall series, 30-20-3.