The Orange Coast College football team (1-9) suffered a disappointing season, failing to improve upon last season’s identical record.
With two consecutive one win seasons now in the books, the Pirates must do whatever is necessary to improve on its record, and reinvent a winning culture that has not seen records so poor since 1996.
Following a rocky start to the season where they were outscored 90-24, the Pirates found its lone victory in Week 3 against LA Southwest 25-21.
The win wasn’t pretty but looked to be a turning point at the time, even if it was against a LA Southwest squad that went (1-7) and were unable to complete its season due to two games being unplayable with the team being unable to field enough players.
The turning point never came for the Pirates, as the team struggled to piece together its offense which only scored 16 touchdowns on the season. Coast’s success was found on the ground, where half of its touchdowns were scored.
Aside from quarterback Adam Carr, running back David Hernandez led the way for the Pirate offense, scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
Throughout the first four games of the season the team scored 52 points, but in the final six they were only able to replicate the points from those games prior. The sluggish finish to the season brought Coast’s average points-per-game down to 10.4.
For the Pirates, the offense was not solely at fault for the team’s poor season, as it would of been a tall order to ask them to go out and score the 40.3 points per game that were given up.
Besides the win at home, the Pirates never found itself involved in a tight contest that was decided by less than one touchdown.
One of the issues the team will need to fix is scoring first. Throughout the season the Pirates only took the lead to start the game twice.
Playing off the back foot when the offense struggled to put up points throughout the season is a recipe for disaster.
The lowest point of the season came in the final two weeks where the Pirates were dismantled by Riverside (10-0), and Southwestern (6-4) two bowl bound teams by a combined score line of 117-3.
Coast’s defense forced 10 turnovers and 16 sacks throughout the season, but the efforts weren’t enough to compete with Southern California’s premier offenses.
Some aspects of the game that will need to be polished for next season include more red zone scoring which was 14-26, and field goals which were good 6-12 tries.
The team must also look to find a way to get more points through the air as they only threw four touchdowns, compared to 12 interceptions.
Though the season was considered a rebuilding year by many with it being head coach Bubba Gonzalez’s first full season at the helm, aspirations for a potential bowl game berth were there at the beginning of the year.
Expect a re-energized, and refocused team to come out next fall as the Pirates hope to finally bounce back to a bowl game which it has not attended since 2015.