Orange Coast (2-1) vs. Palomar (2-1)
When/where: Saturday, 1 p.m. at OCC
Key Pirates: So. DE Vince Coleman (30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss); So. OLB Nick Cody (32 tackles); Fr. QB Jon Newsom (505 yards, five TDs passing); So. TB Robert Penny (295 rushing yards, three TDs).
Key Comets: Fr. QB Ryan Lamb (619 yards, six TDs passing); So. CB DeMarcus Henderson (18 tackles); So. LB Shonta Chaloux (15 tackles, two INTs); Fr. PK Jon Halliday (6 for 6 on FG attempts).
Breakdown: The Pirates, ranked No. 18 in Southern California, are on a two-game winning streak for the first time since their 4-0 start in 2009 ... The Comets, No. 5 in SoCal and No. 13 in the state, have been to bowl games 12 of the last 16 seasons ... This is the first of six Southern Conference games for OCC ... Palomar has allowed 90 points the last two weeks, while OCC has allowed 42 points all season ... OCC led the state in rushing in 2011, but is sixth in the 37-school Southern California Football Assn. in passing first downs, 34th in rushing first downs in 2012 ... OCC ranks third in the SCFA in tackles (260) and is second with 12 sacks ... Halliday had four FGs last week, the longest a 44-yarder ... Palomar has won three straight vs. OCC, eight of the last nine and leads the series, 16-10 ... Penny has two straight 100-yard-plus rushing games ... OCC is minus-six in turnover ratio and Palomar, with nine turnovers, is even.
— Barry Faulkner