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September 30, 2011

Orange Coast (1-3) vs. San Diego Mesa (1-3)

When/where: Saturday, 6 p.m., at San Diego Mesa

Key Pirates: Fr. RB Domenic Betts (718 yards, six TDs rushing; team-high 12 receptions); So. C Alec Davis; Fr. OLB Colten Christensen (37 tackles); Fr. OLB Aaron Jones (30 tackles).

Key Olympians: So. RB Kyle Brown (213 rushing yards); Fr. TE Gio Gonzalez (eight catches, 78 yards); So. DL Will Buttler (17 tackles); So. LB Ramtin Fazanfar (17 tackles).

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Breakdown: The Pirates lead Southern California in rushing and rank No. 3 in the state (312 yards per game), with Betts leading the state in total rushing yards and yards per game (179.5) … Betts is averaging 8.8 yards per carry … OCC has nearly tripled the Olympians' rushing production, while both teams rank near the bottom of the Southern California Football Assn. in passing offense (OCC is No. 34 and Mesa is No. 35) … OCC ranks No. 34 in total defense, just two spots behind Mesa … The Olympians have scored 36 combined points in three straight losses, after a 33-30 season-opening win over Grossmont … OCC lost a 17-14 halftime lead in a 38-17 loss to Grossmont last week … Mesa does not have a player with more than 99 receiving yards and OCC's leading receiver is Betts … OCC sophomore Ricky Carroll leads the SCFA in punting, averaging 42.4 yards on 18 attempts … OCC is even on turnover ratio and the Olympians are plus-three … OCC is averaging 34:43 in time of possession, to Mesa's 20:27.

— Barry Faulkner

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