Orange Coast College Football Preview

Orange Coast (1-2) vs. Grossmont (0-3)

When/where: Saturday, 6 p.m., at Orange Coast

Key Pirates: Fr. RB Domenic Betts (545 yards, five TDs rushing; 101 yards, one TD receiving); Fr. OLB Colten Christensen (27 tackles, two sacks); Fr. OLB Aaron Jones (25 tackles); So. C Alec Davis.

Key Griffins: So. QB Mike Karls (397 yards, five TDs passing; three TDs rushing); Fr. LB Donnie Walsh (28 tackles); So. WR Martell Esteen (seven catches, 131 yards); Fr. WR Tim Patrick (seven catches, 83 yards, three TDs).

Breakdown: The Pirates lead the state in rushing (326 yards per game) and Betts tops the state individually at 181.7 yards per contest … OCC ranks 35th in the 37-school Southern California Football Assn. in passing and has completed just 44.3% of its 70 passes … OCC freshman Mike Frank gets his first start at quarterback, replacing Alex Cappellini, Coach Mike Taylor said. Frank has thrown one pass, an incompletion, this season … OCC will be without leading receiver Kaller Roemer (11 catches for 136 yards), who is out with a shoulder injury … OCC ranks second in the SCFA in time of possession (36:04 per game), while Grossmont ranks No. 35 (24:03) … OCC ranks No. 32 in the SCFA in total defense and Grossmont is No. 29 in rushing defense … Grossmont has two three-point losses in 2011 … The Griffins are minus-six in turnover ration, while OCC is even in that department … Grossmont has won the last three meetings, but OCC leads the series, 14-6-1.

— Barry Faulkner

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