The Orange Coast College football team couldn’t capitalize on key mistakes in its game Saturday against El Camino College Warriors resulting in a 42-27 loss for the Pirates.
This was the last home non-conference game. The Pirates hope to build from misplays to prove successful in its next game against Bakersfield College.
“If we want to win we have to be able to take advantage of those opportunities,” head coach Bubba Gonzalez said.
The second play of the second quarter proved to be an opportunity that OCC took advantage of. Defensive back Michael Archer picked off an ECC pass and ran in to the one-yard line. Later in the drive, sophomore quarterback Nathan West rushed into the end zone, making the score 14-7 and giving OCC its second lead of the game.
“Offense has to capitalize. We have to be better,” said the 20-year-old quarterback. “We have to capitalize on what our defense does.”
Last week, the Pirates broke the school record with 464 rushing yards. However, this week the offense could only gain 11 rushing yards.
The Pirates had opportunities to rally behind Warrior mistakes but couldn’t work behind both sides of the ball.
Freshman Linebacker Zeke Alleman had a fumble recovery in the first quarter to lead the Pirates to the first scoring play of the game.
“If I can make big plays to help our team take a step in the right direction to win a game then absolutely, that’s what I’m here for,” Alleman said.
The Pirates took advantage on the fumble made by the Warrior offense. Quarterback Pete Mitchell threw to receiver Dylan Laurent for a 31-yard touchdown pass that allowed the Pirates to score first.
“It’s a long season, and the thing that I like is that the kids are getting better every week,” Gonzalez said.
He said he is proud of the progress they have made so far as they approach the midpoint of their season.
The Pirates look to bounce back at Bakersfield College at Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
During the game’s halftime ceremony, The OCC Foundation honored the student athletes at the college. Athletes representing all 15 sports, including the cheer team and dance squad, walked across the stadium to honor 70 years of Orange Coast College.
Along with the athletes, there was also a rededication ceremony for the four namesakes around the college’s football complex. New plaques will be put up on the Ben “Doc” Mason field house next to Dick Tucker field.