COSTA MESA — The Orange Coast College defense appeared to pick up where it left off last season in the Pirates' intrasquad football scrimmage Saturday at OCC. But despite the offense's struggles on the ground against a unit that ranked No. 3 in the state in 2009 against the run, Pirates coaches said they clearly saw areas in which the offense gained ground, compared to last season's preseason scrimmage.
"We were light years ahead of last year," Offensive Coordinator Junior Tagaloa told his players after the 51-play controlled rehearsal, which included moving the chains and a full officiating crew.
Those gains were difficult to see on the ground, as six sacks helped limit the Pirates to minus-nine yards rushing on 30 attempts.
The defense, under first-year coordinator John Young — who steps in to replace Scott Orloff, who is now head coach at Trabuco Hills High — also scored the game's first touchdown and made several plays that had the players, and some spectators, howling.