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Upended in showdown

Golden West uses five touchdown passes to post first series win since 2006 and capture overall lead.

November 06, 2010|By Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Immediately after the last play ended, most of the Golden West College football players sprinted toward the north end zone, where the perpetual victory bell trophy awaited the winner of the annual showdown with rival Orange Coast College.

And, for once, the OCC secondary did not have to give pursuit.

Chasing was required of the Pirates' defensive backs during virtually all the big plays produced by the Rustlers, who registered all but one of their points in a 33-17 triumph via the pass.

Golden West freshman quarterback Raymond Huizar threw five touchdown passes and a two-point conversion to help the designated home team rally from first-half deficits.

Huizar, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 217 yards without an interception, had scoring tosses of 43, 20 and 17 yards. He also burned OCC for aerial gains of 41 and 38 yards.

In addition, Golden West punter Steven Santana's only completion went for 37 yards on a fake punt, further exposing the soft spot in an otherwise stout OCC defense.

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The Pirates (2-7, 1-2 in the East Division) sacked Huizar six times to help limit the Rustlers to 65 rushing yards on 34 attempts. But only one of those sacks came after halftime, as Huizar connected on eight of his 10 second-half aerials to produce the Rustlers' first win over their district rival since 2006.

The first win over OCC in the four-year tenure of Golden West Coach Nick Mitchell also pushed the Rustlers (5-4, 2-2) back ahead in the series, which was knotted at 20-20-2, heading into Saturday's 43rd edition.

And while OCC freshman quarterback A.J. Josue completed 16 of 32 passes, none gained more than 19 yards. Josue finished with 136 yards passing and threw two interceptions to give the Pirates 20 for the season. Golden West, however, failed to cash either interception into points.

Josue and fellow freshman Zach Emde, who misfired on three pass attempts in relief, were victimized by six Rustlers sacks, including one that delivered a crushing blow to Emde to knock him out of the game.

Josue opened the scoring with a 19-yard hookup to Brandon Estrada that capped a five-play, 35-yard drive.

Justin Vandeman's conversion put OCC up, 7-0, with 8:21 left in the first quarter.

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