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JC Football: OCC suffers historic loss

Grossmont's 77 points are the most allowed by the Pirates, who surrender 910 yards to Griffins.

October 05, 2013|By Barry Faulkner

The Orange Coast College sports information department handed out the annual football yearbook before Saturday's Southern Conference game against visiting Grossmont.

It turned out that the historical document came in handy, as research was required to confirm the worst day, numerically at least, in the 66-season history of the program.

The Pirates (1-4, 0-2 in conference) surrendered their largest single-game scoring output ever in a 77-19 loss to the Griffins (4-1, 2-0). The 58-point margin was also the most lopsided defeat in 650 games since the program debuted in 1948.

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Grossmont, which scored touchdowns on its last nine possessions and at one point reeled off 63 straight points, amassed 910 yards of offense, including 644 through the air.

Freshman quarterback William Abt completed 32 of 44 attempts for 580 yards and six touchdowns, as the OCC secondary treated Grossmont receivers as if they were carrying a contagious disease.

Abt continually found Grossmont receivers 10 yards clear of the nearest defender and once the catch was made, a calamitous display of tackling ensued, allowing Abt to post completions of 64, 48, 46, 37, 34, 29, 25 (twice), 22, and 20 (twice) yards.

In addition, backup quarterback Brandon Steed had a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Grossmont, which has won six straight against the Pirates, did not neglect its running game, either as it rolled up 266 yards, including 165 on 17 carries by sophomore tailback Treyous Jarrells. Jarrells broke off runs of 35, 27 and 22 yards, while his backup, freshman Ryan Williams, added a run of 27 yards.

The Griffins, who came in ranked third in the 37-team Southern California Football Assn. in total offense with 515.3 yards per game, had 38 first downs. The visitors averaged 5.6 plays and 126 seconds on their 11 touchdown drives. Barring processions of 12, 12 and nine plays, the remaining eight touchdown drives took an average of four plays and 77 seconds.

Grossmont scored on its first play of the second half, had two scoring drives of three plays, and two more of four. It also had a pair of five-play touchdown drives.

It failed to score on three of its first four possessions, as the Pirates stopped the Griffins on downs on the opening possession of the game and freshman defensive back Jordan Davidson intercepted in the end zone after Grossmont had driven from its own 10-yard line to the OCC 19 on its third possession.

The Griffins also missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt early in the second quarter.

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