Orange Coast College’s football team rounded off its season at Dick Tucker Field Saturday with a 42-21 loss to Southwestern College.
Coast looked to bounce back after having its 126 game scoring streak snapped when the team was crushed by Riverside College 58-0 on Nov. 3.
After allowing Southwestern College to score three touchdowns in its first three possessions of the first quarter, Coast found itself trailing by 21 points 10 minutes into the game.
“Even though we haven’t had the success that we’ve wanted, they’ve battled all year long,” head coach Bubba Gonzalez said. “They keep picking themselves up off the turf and it shows what kind of people they are.”
Sophomore quarterback duo Pete Mitchell and Nathan West combined for 199 passing yards.
The Pirate offensive line struggled as it allowed Mitchell and West to be sacked twice for 13 total yards lost.
Freshman running back Ahmad Lewis led the charge on the Pirate offense, rushing for 139 yards on 21 carries.
All season long the Pirates turned to Lewis, where he ran for 576 total yards, which led the team.
“He’s a playmaker, been a playmaker all year,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a great football player but an even better young man. That’s the best part about it.”
Freshman wide receiver Giancarlo Monge was targeted by West and Mitchell five times gaining 66 yards.
OCC got its scoring started in the second quarter after a forced fumble by sophomore line- backer Michael Archer. The ball was recovered by Coast sophomore defensive lineman Jamie Jones.
Archer was a force to be reckoned with on defense for the Pirates, with seven tackles and an interception at Orange Coast’s own 16-yard line midway through the third quarter.
West was able to pass the ball for 36 yards before Lewis rushed 42 yards into the end zone.
Trailing 28-7 in the fourth quarter, the Pirates hit its stride in the fourth quarter and got back into the game scoring two touchdowns and one successful two-point conversion.
After scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter, the Pirate defense allowed Southwestern College to put the game on ice with two more touchdowns.
“I’m just proud at the fact they didn’t give up and they didn’t just throw in the towel because it’s real easy to do that,” Gonzalez said.
The game was lost for the Pirates on 12 penalty flags which allowed the Jaguars to earn 99 additional yards.
West threw three interceptions including one on a pass in the end zone in the third quarter. Coast also fumbled away the football twice.
Before the game, Coast Football honored all 29 sophomores for their performances and contributions over the two years in the program.
Gonzalez hopes to build from this season and learn from what didn’t go right to build a competitive squad for the 2019 season.
The Pirates finished the season with a 1-9 overall record, while going winless in the Southern Conference, losing all five games.