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October 16, 2000
Steve Virgen The scoreboard couldn't bring him down -- El Camino 30, Orange Coast 0 -- Nick Higgs never sunk his head. The Orange Coast College freshman quarterback didn't even mope, much less dwell in the frustration of an offense that had scored just one touchdown in three weeks. With his pass-happy dreams turning into nightmares, Higgs remained patient and clung to the one thing that has maintained his love for the game: confidence. He believed in himself and he trusted his teammates could do better and the results came through the week after the shutout.
NEWS
November 30, 2000
Steve Virgen The sun was fading and the lights at LeBard Stadium began to shine. Night was approaching on Tuesday's practice and it seemed as if the hits among the Orange Coast College football team became harder, especially with the offensive line. With their first bowl game in six years coming Saturday at Cerritos College, the Pirates' training has intensified as offensive lineman crashed into defensive lineman, head to head, grunts and shoves. The Bucs were in need of a break or at least a light moment to set off the serious mood.
NEWS
November 6, 2000
Steve Virgen SANTA ANA - The Orange Coast football team developed a theme to describe its unity throughout its surprising season: One heartbeat. At Santa Ana Saturday, that heartbeat was still pounding strong after it nearly flat-lined. The Pirates outlasted Santa Ana in three overtimes as Greg Smith's 80-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed a 53-41 Mission Conference Central Division victory. "This team has heart," said Smith, who intercepted Grant Wagner's third-down pass in the third overtime.
NEWS
August 12, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - At this time last year, Nick Higgs was slated as the fourth-string quarterback of the Orange Coast College football team. But, Higgs, a 6-foot 193-pound signal caller, took advantage of a wide-open situation, became the team's starter by the third week and led the Pirates to their biggest victory of the season, a 26-25 upset victory over Mt. San Antonio College. Higgs also led the Bucs to a Co-Mission Conference Central Division title and a bowl game berth.
NEWS
October 9, 2000
Steve Virgen PASADENA - They did it again--their second junior college football upset in as many weeks. The Orange Coast College Pirates stunned Pasadena City, 29-27, in another down-to-the-wire, thrilling victory Saturday night at Robinson Stadium. OCC strong safety Manny Adams intercepted Lancers quarterback Josh Knight's two-point pass attempt with 27 seconds remaining to hold off No. 16 PCC (according to JC Grid-Wire). Last week, the Pirates knocked off No. 4 Mt. San Antonio with a 26-25 upset win. At this rate, the OCC football team might have to change its nickname.
NEWS
October 7, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - How good is the Pasadena City College offense? The Lancers football team's offense is so good it can commit 23 penalties for 230 yards and still win the game. As Orange Coast Coach Mike Taylor said, Pasadena had "just too many weapons," and the Lancers, offense included, rolled to a 27-10 win, the last nonconference game for both teams, Saturday night at LeBard Stadium. "We played hard, but (PCC is) just a good football team," Taylor said.
NEWS
October 30, 2000
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - After Orange Coast College's fourth straight victory, it's safe to say, these Bucs are for real. The OCC football team earned its biggest victory of the season with desire and a relentless knack for the big play leading to a 21-17 Mission Conference Central Division victory over visiting Palomar Saturday. "We're just rumbling to a league championship," said OCC offensive lineman Adam Fisher, who ran four yards for a touchdown after picking up Rob Pate's blocked field goal early in the fourth quarter.
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November 10, 2001
nothing Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - The party-crashers are coming to town. Those tricky Hornets of Fullerton College will attempt to cut off the celebration when they visit Orange Coast College for a Mission Conference Central division football contest today at 1 p.m. Last year, the Hornets (4-4, 1-2 in the Central division) snapped the Pirates (3-5, 1-2) five-game winning streak and forced the co-championship label on them. This year, Fullerton, which completed three of four trick plays on OCC last season en route to a 47-35 win, will try to crash the party again, as Coast will pay tribute to the 1951 Pirates team, the school's first championship squad.
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NEWS
November 4, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - To end its four-game losing streak, the Orange Coast College football team had to reach for Pirate Pride in its Mission Conference Central division game against visiting Santa Ana Saturday. The Pirates used a viable rushing attack, a bend-but-don't-break defense and an obvious display of pride to collectively breathe a sigh of relief with a 20-10 victory over the Dons. With the Bucs (3-5, 1-3 in the Central division) and the Dons (3-5, 1-3)
NEWS
October 7, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - How good is the Pasadena City College offense? The Lancers football team's offense is so good it can commit 23 penalties for 230 yards and still win the game. As Orange Coast Coach Mike Taylor said, Pasadena had "just too many weapons," and the Lancers, offense included, rolled to a 27-10 win, the last nonconference game for both teams, Saturday night at LeBard Stadium. "We played hard, but (PCC is) just a good football team," Taylor said.
NEWS
September 3, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College football coach Mike Taylor laughed at the idea. With a talented recruiting class, one of the best in his 16 years on staff, do these Pirates have the ability to energize the community and attract crowds? "I would like to see Orange Coast College football be like it was back in the 70s," said Taylor, recalling the days when football fans would fill the stands at LeBard Stadium. "I would like to see community college football like it was back in the 70s when Orange Coast was national champs in 1975 and also like it was with the great Fullerton teams in the 60s. I don't know if community college football is ever going to be like that again."
NEWS
November 30, 2000
Steve Virgen The sun was fading and the lights at LeBard Stadium began to shine. Night was approaching on Tuesday's practice and it seemed as if the hits among the Orange Coast College football team became harder, especially with the offensive line. With their first bowl game in six years coming Saturday at Cerritos College, the Pirates' training has intensified as offensive lineman crashed into defensive lineman, head to head, grunts and shoves. The Bucs were in need of a break or at least a light moment to set off the serious mood.
NEWS
November 20, 2000
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Remember the Titans? Remember the Pirates! The Orange Coast College football team won the Mission Conference Central Division championship with a 32-18 victory over visiting Saddleback Saturday and made 2000 a season to remember. OCC (6-4, 4-1 in the division) finishes as co-champion with Palomar, a 56-7 winner over Golden West. Fullerton missed on its chance to share the title with a 35-23 loss at Santa Ana. Against Saddleback (3-7, 2-3)
NEWS
November 6, 2000
Steve Virgen SANTA ANA - The Orange Coast football team developed a theme to describe its unity throughout its surprising season: One heartbeat. At Santa Ana Saturday, that heartbeat was still pounding strong after it nearly flat-lined. The Pirates outlasted Santa Ana in three overtimes as Greg Smith's 80-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed a 53-41 Mission Conference Central Division victory. "This team has heart," said Smith, who intercepted Grant Wagner's third-down pass in the third overtime.
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