COSTA MESA -- It was a tough start to the 2012 season for the Orange Coast College football team on Saturday night, thanks to a 23-20 overtime loss to visiting Moorpark College.
In the overtime, the Raiders took the lead on a 24-yard field goal by Derek Kirk and on OCC's first play from scrimmage from the Moorpark 25-yard-line, Jon Newsom's pass was picked off in the end zone by Victor Fermin to end the game.
Coast took a 6-3 lead in the first quarter when Cam Oliver caught a Newsom pass for a 28-yard touchdown. However, Jackson Dionne, who made 27-of-27 extra-point attempts in 2011, missed on his first PAT of 2012, putting Coast up 6-3.
Jonathan Williams capped off a 12-play, 81-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard TD run to make it 10-6, but the lead was shortlived as Clay Guess took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, putting Coast back in the lead, 13-10.
Moorpark went back to work and grinded out another long drive -- this one good for 11 plays and 79 yards. The drive ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ben Conlin to Brent Stevens, putting Moorpark back out in front, 17-13.
Long drive after long drive swayed the time of possession heavily on the Raiders' side. They mustered 21 more plays and held onto the ball for 17 more minutes than the Pirates, but Coast managed to stay close, thanks to the strong play of several defenders.
Sophomores Nick Cody and Vince Coleman each had 13 tackles. Cody (six solo) added three tackles for loss, while Coleman (four solo) totaled 3.5 TFL, two QB hurries and two sacks. Chris Aguilar and Austin Bennett each had 12 tackles each (three solo each) and combined for three TFL and 1.5 sacks.
Moorpark extended its lead to 20-13 in the third quarter on a 48-yard field goal by Kirk.
After several stalled drives, OCC finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter when Newsom hooked up with Bryan Keller on a 36-yard touchdown stroke with 8:23 remaining, tying the game at 20.
Newsom finished the game 12-of-29 for 152 yards with two TDs and three interceptions. Tyler Duncan led the receivers with four catches for 45 yards, while Oliver (two catches for 43 yards and Keller (two catches for 41 yards) each pulled down TD throws.
On the ground, the Pirates totaled 112 yards on 34 carries, with Robert Penny leading the way with 12 carries for 38 yards.
For the Raiders, Jordan Hunnery rushed for 117 yards on 29 carries, while Conlin threw for 166 yards on 16-of-28 passing with one interception.
OCC will return to action on Saturday at Pasadena City College, beginning at 6 p.m. The Pirates' next home game will be on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Palomar, beginning at 1 p.m.