OCC's Plan B nets win

Pirates again ditch spread for double wing, which allows them to hold off visiting Long Beach.

September 10, 2011|By Barry Faulkner
  • Orange Coast College running back Domenic Betts (32) brushes off a Long Beach City College defender during the first half Saturday.
Orange Coast College running back Domenic Betts (32)… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — When Long Beach City College sophomore Ryan Craighead's threw an interception with 7:44 remaining and his team trailing, 38-31, in a nonconference football game at Orange Coast on Saturday, he almost certainly wished he could have had the pass back.

The red-hot quarterback, however, never took another snap, as he could only seethe on the sideline while the Pirates ran out the clock to collect their first win of the season.

The OCC offense, which has found more success in the smashmouth double wing this season than the spread, used its increasingly bruising ground game to possess the ball for 12:42 of the final 15:55 against the Vikings.

OCC (1-1) amassed nearly a 14-minute edge in time of possession, running 87 plays, 21 more than the Vikings (0-2).

OCC's ability to eat yardage, as well as the clock, helped stave off the visitors, who rallied from a 24-7 deficit to pull even at 31, thanks largely to the aerial acumen of Craighead (15 for 21 passing after halftime for 246 of his 348 passing yards).


OCC, which came in leading the 37-school Southern California Football Assn. in rushing after amassing 375 yards in a season-opening loss at Saddleback, collected 315 yards on 62 rushing attempts Saturday. The Pirates used 16 plays, all runs, on its final possession to earn six first downs and deny Craighead and the Vikings any final chance.

OCC's grind-it-out, double-wing scheme was also critical in two first-half touchdown drives, after freshman quarterback Alex Cappellini triggered the spread attack to a 10-0 lead through just more than one quarter.

Cappellini, who completed 10 of 19 passes for 96 yards, with one interception, had just one completion after halftime. He played sparingly in the final two quarters, as Dalton Gervais largely handled the spread and Jeremiah Rideaux primarily directed the double wing down the stretch.

"Alex got us out of the blocks and we used our conventional [spread] offense to go down and score," OCC Coach Mike Taylor said. "But it's nice having a Plan B. I've seen spread teams that can be hot and score a lot of points, then sometimes they bog down and they have nowhere else to go."

OCC used eight ballcarriers, mostly shuffling between the tackles, to continually go to the well — or perhaps more correctly, the hole — created by a strong, experienced offensive line.

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