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Orange Coast Football Preview

October 28, 2011

Orange Coast (3-4, 1-1) vs. Desert (5-2, 1-1)

When/where: Saturday, 7 p.m., Orange Coast

Key Pirates: Fr. RB Domenic Betts (1,204 yards, 14 TDs rushing); So. C Alec Davis; Fr. MLB Nick Cody (62 tackles), Fr. OLB Aaron Jones (52 tackles).

Key Roadrunners: So. RB Jai Steib, 653 yards, 14 TDs rushing); So. QB Charles Fortis (122 for 213 passing, 1,658 yards, 13 TDs); Fr. WR Jordan Brewer (29 catches, 513 yards, 5 TDs); So. LB Robert Caldwell (51 tackles, 12.5 for loss, four sacks).

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Breakdown: The Roadrunners are ranked No. 8 in Southern California and No. 18 in the state and have one of SoCal's most prolific offenses … Desert ranks No. 2 in the SoCal in total offense (458.4 per game, No. 3 in scoring (43.4 per contest) and No. 3 in rushing (207.9) … OCC ranks No. 1 in SoCal in rushing (289.1) with Betts leading SoCal with 172 yards per contest … Betts needs 254 yards to set the school single-season rushing record of 1,457 set by Ray Holley in 2009 … Desert has a plus-10 turnover ratio, No. 3 in SoCal, while OCC is even in takeaways-giveaways … OCC is coming off a 34-31 OT win at Southwestern … Desert lost, 31-24, last week to Santa Ana … Both teams sit in a four-way tie for second in the East Division … All but four of OCC's 25 TDs have been on the ground … Desert has 39 TDs this season … Betts' 14 receptions rank second on the team.

— Barry Faulkner

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