Offensive woes continued for the Orange Coast College football team which found itself on the losing side for the second week in a row with a 30-14 loss to the College of the Canyons Cougars Sept. 9.
OCC came up short after a lackluster offensive performance with four turnovers, ultimately giving College of the Canyons most of the possession and more opportunities to put the game out of reach.
“We have to fix us. The fundamentals of football are running and tackling. We need to continue to work on these fundamentals because those have slipped away from us, it seems, over the last two weeks,” OCC head coach Kevin Emerson said after the game.
Both teams went back and forth in the first half after Coast opened the scoring with a six-play 75-yard touchdown drive, ending on a 2-yard run courtesy of freshman quarterback Pete Mitchell.
The Cougars kept pace with OCC and eventually took the lead at the end of the first half, after the Pirate defense allowed three 42-yard passes from Canyons quarterback Andrew Brito, who ended up leaving in the first half due to injury.
Brito’s replacement, Darryn Blackshere, exceeded expectations by leading the team to its second win of the season with 128 yards passing.
The Pirate defense has given up 61 points in just two games this season. But the panic button won’t be hit just yet, as there are a few key players coming back from injury in what was a tough offseason for the Pirates.
“We’re playing with a short deck on defense. All three of our starting linebackers are out but that’s no excuse. We need to be better and we need to find a way to put a great product on the field,” Emerson said.
The Pirates were thrashed by Ventura College 51-10 Saturday.
Ventura (2-0) continued its undefeated start to the season, while OCC maintained its struggles.
OCC plays Santa Monica at Dick Tucker Field Saturday at 6 p.m.
“We are just trying to find our identity right now. We are trying to find what we are best at,” Emerson said. “Throughout this week we will have to make those changes,” Emerson said.