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JC Football: Pirates can't get toe hold

Four missed field-goal tries hurt OCC in triple-OT loss in opener.

September 07, 2013|By Matt Szabo

MOORPARK — Moving the ball down the field did not prove difficult for the Orange Coast College football team during Saturday night's season opener at Moorpark.

Getting the ball through the uprights at the end? That was another matter entirely.

The Pirates missed four field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter and three overtime possessions.

Soon, they missed a chance to win their first season opener in four years.

Moorpark quarterback Nick Davis scored on a one-yard keeper on his team's third overtime possession, allowing the Raiders to escape with a 27-21 triple-overtime victory.

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"We had our opportunities," OCC Coach Mike Taylor said. "We just didn't do what we needed to on offense. I thought we played pretty well on defense … We just have to be able to be more consistent on offense when we get down in the red zone, and be able to score points."

The points were on the foot of freshman kicker Grif Amies, a Corona del Mar High product who tied the state single-season high school record of 22 field goals last year as a senior All-American with the Sea Kings. Amies, who missed just eight field-goal tries last year for CdM, missed half that many in about 30 minutes Saturday.

Three of the four misses were wide right. The first came after the Pirates' Aarone Santos got a key interception, and Orange Coast drove the ball to the Moorpark two-yard line with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter.

Two rushes for a loss and a false start backed it up to the 13, before the 30-yard field-goal attempt, which would have given OCC a 24-21 advantage, was wide right with 1:13 left in regulation. Instead, the teams would go to overtime for the second straight year. Moorpark beat Orange Coast in overtime, 23-20, last season.

Amies also missed wide right from 23 yards on the Pirates' first overtime possession, before missing two more, each from 47 yards, on the ensuing overtime possessions. The second overtime kick, the only one that would have ended the game, never made it to the back of the end zone. The third and final overtime kick was from the middle of the field. It looked the best and had plenty of distance, but was just wide right again.

"Grif's kicked that in practice," Taylor said. "We had our chances, like I said. We just let them hang around."

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