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JuCo Football: OCC a Penny short

Pirates, without top running back, fall behind early and are bested by rival Rustlers.

October 27, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
  • Orange Coast College's Dylan Afusia, right, breaks up a pass intended for Golden West's Ryan Watson.
Orange Coast College's Dylan Afusia, right, breaks… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA —The Orange Coast College football team spotted rival Golden West a 13-0 lead over just more than the first 15 minutes and couldn't recover Saturday night.

One might say that the Rustlers' 23-21 victory, its third straight in the series now billed as the West Coast Showdown, left the Pirates a Penny short.

Sophomore tailback Robert Penny, who came in with 1,412 career rushing yards and five games with at least 100 rushing yards this season, was limited to four carries for 16 yards and one touchdown due to what Coach Mike Taylor said was a sinus infection.

With Penny unable to practice this week and ultimately shoulder his typical load, the OCC ground game produced only 74 yards in 32 attempts, helping Golden West compile a 403-338 advantage in total offense.

Even so, OCC (3-6, 1-4 in the Southern Division) had its chances to win. The Pirates, who have lost five straight, had missed field-goal attempts from Jackson Dionne (36 yards, wide left) and Chavo Camargo (23 yards, wide right) in the second half.

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OCC, which lost two fumbles, also muffed a punt that led to a Rustler field goal with 11:02 left in the game, the only points of the final 44:51 of the contest for the visitors (3-6, 1-4).

One of OCC's fumbles was at the Rustlers' three-yard line to halt a drive with 1:48 left.

The Pirates, who saw freshman quarterbacks Cameron Biedgoly and Jon Newsom struggle in the opening half, when they produced 67 passing yards and were sacked four times, scored on their opening possession of the second half to pull within 20-14.

And, after recovering a Golden West fumble with 1:29 left, OCC pulled within two points when sophomore receiver Tyler Duncan laid out in the end zone to come up with a 16-yard Biedgoly scoring pass with 84 seconds remaining.

Golden West recovered the ensuing onside kickoff and used all but three seconds of the clock, before giving the ball back to OCC on downs at the Pirates' 43-yard line.

A Hail Mary pass on the final play sailed out of bounds near the goal line to give Golden West its first division win and its first triumph in its last six games.

OCC, which had allowed an average of 49.5 points in its four previous games, gave up 312 total yards, including 215 on the ground, in the first half. The Rustlers, who averaged a mere 16.8 points in their first eight games, during which they averaged a mere 109 rushing yards, amassed 12 first downs and ran 42 plays before intermission, nearly double the Pirates' 22 plays.

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