JC Football Preview: Orange Coast vs. Saddleback

Orange Coast (2-5, 0-3) vs. Saddleback (3-3, 1-1)

When/where: Saturday, 7 p.m. at Orange Coast

Key Pirates: Fr. WR D.J. McFadden; So. LB Jason Kollock; So. LB Paco Potter; So. S Shane Bauman.

Key Gauchos: So. QB Tim Belman; So. WR Dominick Ela; Fr. WR R.J. Dedrick; So. LB Rex Wasserbach.

Breakdown: The Pirates come in having lost eight straight Southern Conference games and five straight meetings with the Gauchos, ranked No. 11 in Southern California and No. 21 in the state ... Saddleback leads the 37-team Southern California Football Assn. in passing yards per game (397) and Belman's 18 TD passes rank fourth in the SCFA ... Belman has completed 214 of 338 passes (63.3%) for 2,382 yards with seven interceptions ... OCC ranks 35th in the SCFA in rushing (92.1 yards per game), but Saddleback is 34th at 92.8 ... OCC is minus-11 in turnover ratio, while Saddleback is plus-10 ... McFadden is averaging 19.7 yards on his 28 receptions for 552 yards and five TDs this season ... Ela, whose 125 receiving yards per game rank first in the SCFA, averages 14.4 yards on a team-best 52 catches ... An OCC loss guarantees a fourth straight losing season for the Pirates, who would have just three winning seasons in the last 15 years under Coach Mike Taylor ... Kollack leads OCC in tackles with 51, one ahead of Potter.

— Barry Faulkner

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