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OCC falls in overtime

Community College Football

Pirates rally to tie and force OT, but Raiders get fourth interception to clinch win in opener.

September 01, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
  • Orange Coast College's Derrick DePalma reacts after the Pirates lose 23-20 in overtime against Moorpark on Saturday. The last pass, which was intended for DePalma, was intercepted.
Orange Coast College's Derrick DePalma reacts… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — If they are wise, Orange Coast College freshman quarterback Jon Newsom and Pirates first-year offensive coordinator Rudy Caamano will always remember their first community college football game in those roles.

But OCC Coach Mike Taylor and the rest of the Pirates may just as soon want to purge the entire season-opening contest from memory.

Newsom, who threw two touchdown passes Saturday, the second with 8:25 left in regulation to help OCC tie visiting Moorpark in a game that eventually went to overtime, threw his third interception on the first play of OCC's initial overtime possession.

Raiders cornerback Victor Fermin covered two-thirds the width of the field to pick off Newsom's only overtime throw — a floating spiral lofted late across the middle as he rolled toward the right sideline — in the end zone to seal a 23-20 triumph for the Ventura County school.

After the OCC defense, which amassed eight sacks and limited the Raiders on the scoreboard, despite their 85 offensive plays, held the visitors to a field goal on the opening possession of overtime, Newsom — and it would follow, Caamano — elected to go for it all.

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It was the same risk-reward reflex that produced both OCC's offensive touchdowns. But it also helped lead to four OCC interceptions and one incomplete third-down bomb on OCC's second-to-last possession of regulation that prompted a punt, rather than perhaps a chance at a long field-goal try by sophomore kicker Jackson Dionne, who had booted field goals of 53, 51 and 48 yards in 2011.

On third-and-seven from the Moorpark 37-yard line, when just four yards would have put Dionne in range for a 50-yard attempt, Newsom threw into the end zone with no reward. OCC punted on the next play and barely got past midfield on its final possession of regulation.

"We need to know where we are on the field," Taylor said when asked about the aforementioned third-down bomb, "because we have a kicker who can kick field goals."

Newsom and freshman backup Cameron Biedgoly, whose only throw was intercepted late in the first half, combined for four completions and three interceptions before halftime.

Still, OCC was within 17-13, as Newsom found Cam Oliver for a 28-yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-play, 68-yard drive with 4:18 left in the first quarter that was one of five first-half lead changes.

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