In a game the Orange Coast College football team (1-6) will want to forget, Saddleback College cruised to a convincing 58-7 victory Saturday night at Dick Tucker Field.
Asking the team to win would have been a tall order against the now (7-0) Gauchos, who are ranked three in the state, according to the Junior College Athletic Bureau Coaches poll.
Saddleback showed no respect for the Pirates defense, electing to go for two on its opening two touchdowns, and added insult to injury completing three of its four fourth down attempts.
The game was put away quickly with Coast only scoring after the Gauchos already put up 30 points.
Freshman wide receiver Aaron Fletcher scored Coast’s lone touchdown following an athletic 26-yard diving catch that set the team up in the red zone, where sophomore quarterback Adam Carr found him again for a 3-yard passing touchdown.
The offense was held to only 208 yards of forward progress on a night where its 15 first downs were outweighed by Saddleback's 30.
By the time the game concluded, Coast and Saddleback had conceded a combined 17 penalties for 176 yards. The penalties included six personal fouls and one unsportsmanlike conduct in a frustrating game where emotions began to get the best of players.
One of the only other bright moments for Coast came in the fourth quarter when freshman running back Dylan Crook recovered a fumble, following sophomore Hunter Elsenpeter’s 40-yard punt.
At the conclusion of the game head coach Joel “Bubba” Gonzalez rallied his men and marched to the dressing room yelling, “Hustle off the field, let’s go.”
No handshakes were exchanged between the teams and Gonzalez was not reached for further comment.
Coast will return to Dick Tucker Field Saturday night at 6 p.m. for Coast’s home finale against the winless Grossmont Griffins, as the team hopes to send the home fans happy after its third straight losing season.