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Griffins overwhelm Pirates

Community College Football

Grossmont scores 35 straight to erase OCC's 10-point lead and halt Pirates' three-game win streak.

September 29, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

El CAJON — Any thoughts that the Orange Coast College football team was building on a potentially special season were likely washed away by a deluge of 35 straight points by host Grossmont Saturday.

Grossmont rallied from a 10-0 deficit to earn a 49-31 conquest in a game between highly regarded teams that both came in 1-0 in the Southern Conference.

The Griffins (4-1, 2-0 in conference), ranked No. 5 in Southern California and No. 13 in the state, extended their winning streak over OCC to five.

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The Pirates (3-2, 1-1), who entered on a three-game winning streak, were ranked No. 8 in Southern California, No. 17 in the state and No. 30 in the JCGridiron.com national poll coming in.

Things looked good for the Pirates early, when they scored on their first two possessions and appeared to have the Griffins on their heels.

Sophomore Jackson Dionne kicked a 45-yard field goal to cap the game-opening possession and, after the Pirates recovered a Grossmont fumble four plays into the Griffins' first possession, the visitors drove 79 yards on four plays to take a 10-0 lead.

But OCC failed to score on its next 11 possessions and the Griffins used big plays through the air and on the ground to overcome what had been the conference's leading scoring defense.

Grossmont's first two scores were a 37-yard touchdown run by Treyous Jarrells and a 42-yard reception by Traivonne Brown, within a span of 24 seconds, to turn the tide for good.

The aforementioned touchdowns came before and after a fumble by OCC sophomore tailback Robert Penny that was the first of four Pirates' turnovers.

The Pirates forced three Grossmont turnovers and recovered an onside kickoff late in the contest. And while the visitors moved the ball sufficiently to produce 504 yards of total offense, they were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage 18 times, including 17 running plays and five sacks.

Grossmont sophomore outside linebacker Ian Seau, a Kansas State transfer and the nephew of the late NFL great Junior Seau, was in on three of those sacks, two of which he made without assistance.

Grossmont's persistent defensive penetration appeared to rattle starting quarterback Jon Newsom. Newsom did throw for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but misfired on 17 of his 33 attempts, including one interception that ricocheted off his own receiver's helmet.

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