The Orange Coast College Pirates marched onto Dick Tucker field Saturday night to the cheers of the supporting crowd in a Week 2 matchup with East Los Angeles College.
Though the team received the ball to start the game, and were eager to bounce back from a loss last week at Ventura — it was the East LA Huskies who came out running, sinking the Pirates 45-17.
By the time the first quarter came to a close the Huskies had put up a forceful 17 points following two passing touchdowns and a field goal. The Pirates offense stumbled in the quarter putting the Huskies ahead 17-0.
It looked as if East LA would rout the unresponsive Pirate offense and leaky defense as the Huskies brought the score to 24-0 in the second quarter by way of another passing touchdown.
Coast’s defense allowed 407 passing yards and gave up 171 yards on the ground.
After the Husky touchdown in the second quarter, the Pirate defense stopped the bleeding and held the Huskies, forcing its first punt. The punt eventually led to a pass from sophomore quarterback Adam Carr to freshman running back Nieco Walker that positioned Coast on the 1-yard line.
Carr pushed the ball in for his first rushing touchdown of the year, putting a dent in the 24-7 score.
Walker led the Pirates with 52 yards on the ground, while Carr threw for 145 yards in the air.
The defense continued to play lockdown with a few penalties, and a pinpoint punt from sophomore Hunter Elsenpeter locked East LA on its 1-yard line, later forcing the ball back to the Pirates.
The half closed 24-7, and the Pirates kept fighting, eventually bringing the score as close as a two possession game.
“I told the guys we’ve got to come out and play in the first half, we’ve got to play from play one,” head coach Bubba Gonzalez said.
For part of the game the Pirates enjoyed a dominant period where the defense locked down the Huskies to one score for around 20 minutes of play, and the offense added a field goal as well as a Carr passing touchdown to sophomore receiver Jordan Clark.
The Huskies, however, kept Coast at bay putting on a display in the fourth quarter where they would eventually run up the score tacking on three more touchdowns through the air.
“We’ve just got to believe in ourselves, and just do a better job of executing,” Gonzalez said.
The winless Pirates look to bounce back Saturday against LA Southwest College at LeBard Stadium at 6 p.m.