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Orange Coast Football Preview

August 31, 2012

Orange Coast vs. Moorpark

When/where: Saturday, 6 p.m. at OCC

Key Pirates: So. LB Nick Cody; So. TB Robert Penny; So. OL Kyle Finney; Fr. QB Jon Newsome.

Key Raiders: Fr. QB Ben Conlin; So. LB Travis Key; So. CB Victor Fermin; Fr. DE Jayce Foster.

Breakdown: OCC comes off a 4-6 season and is on a one-game winning streak, while Moorpark, ranked No. 19 in Southern California, was 6-4 and lost its finale in 2011 ... It's the first meeting between the two schools, both of which lost their opener in 2011 ... Newsome triggers OCC's new no-huddle, spread offense under first-year coordinator Rudy Caamano ... Penny, academically ineligible last season, rushed for 627 yards and was second-team all-conference in 2010 ... Moorpark has 12 players returning, while OCC has only 19 ... Mike Frank, a returning starter at quarterback for OCC but the No. 3 QB after fall practices, quit the team last week ... OCC led the state in rushing last season, while Moorpark ranked No. 2 in SoCal in total defense ... Will Thurston begins his first season as head coach after 34 seasons as a Raiders' assistant ... Foster, a 5-foot-10, 195-pounder, had 19 sacks as a senior at Moorpark High in 2011 ... The Raiders have played in 18 bowl games in 26 years, while OCC has three bowl appearances the last 18 years ... OCC has lost its last two openers, but is 8-3 in its last 11 season debuts.

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— Barry Faulkner

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