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September 14, 2012

Orange Coast vs. Long Beach

When/where: Saturday, 6 p.m. at Veterans Stadium.

Key Pirates: So. OLB Nick Cody (25 tackles); So. DE Vince Coleman (24 tackles); So. OLB Austin Bennett (23 tackles); Fr. QB Jon Newsom (395 passing yards).

Key Vikings: So. WR Randy Wheeler (eight catches, 110 yards); So. LB Jede Fue (13 tackles); Fr. DB Keltain Malveaux (13 tackles).

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Breakdown: The Pirates (1-1) are bidding for their second straight win after evening their record at Pasadena last week ... The last two-game win streak for OCC came with its 4-0 start in 2009 ... The Vikings (0-2) have been outscored, 103-35, in losses to Fullerton and Ventura ... OCC leads the 37-school Southern California Football Assn. in tackles with 198 (solo and assists) ... All five Long Beach touchdowns have been passing, courtesy of five different receivers ... OCC has recorded seven sacks in 2012, while Long Beach has none ... OCC leads the series, 13-12 ... Newsom was 20 for 34 passing for 243 yards vs. Pasadena after throwing three interceptions in OCC's opening loss to Moorpark ... OCC's 17-point margin of victory at Pasadena had been surpassed only twice in the team's previous 39 games (a 19-point win over San Diego Mesa in 2011 and a 27-point advantage against Southwestern in 2010) ... The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but the start was moved back to try to avoid extreme warm temperatures.

— Barry Faulkner

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