By Sarah Martinez
Western Sun sports editor
For the third straight year the Golden West Rustlers football team has beaten the Orange Coast Pirates. The Rustlers won a close game over the Pirates by the score of 23-21 on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The win over OCC snapped the Rustlers five-game losing streak. GWC is 3-6 overall, and 1-4 in the Orange Empire Conference.
With 10:14 to go in the first quarter, Golden West kicked a 31-yard field goal to give the Rustlers the 3-0 advantage. Later in the same quarter, Hector Solis kicked a 22-yard field goal to add onto the lead by the score of 6-0.
With 14:51 to go in the first half, running back Marcus Hays ran the ball 57-yard for the touchdown to go up 13-0. In the second quarter, the Pirates wide receiver Bryan Keller caught a 14-yard touch down from Jon Newsom with 11:57 to go in the half to cut the lead 13-7.
With 6:49 to go in the first half Hays ran the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Hays on 37 attempts ran for 247 yards, and averaged 6.7 yards per carry, and longest run was 57 yards, and two touchdowns. Going into half the team lead 20-7.
Roman Lewis got the start at quarterback and had 11 completions on 20 attempts. He threw for 117 yards, and no touchdowns or interceptions.
Orange Coast scored another touchdown on a 2-yard run by tailback Robert Penny on the opening possession in the third quarter to cut the lead 20-14.
The Pirates quarterback Cameron Biedgoly had 18 completions on 31 attempts. He threw for 207 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Newsom completed three out of four passes, and threw for 57 yards, and one touchdown.
The GWC defense held OCC’s running attack to only 74 yards in the game. Golden West sacked both quarterbacks for four sacks in the first half.
The defense forced two fumbles, which they recovered, and one interception. The Pirates had more chances to score, but missed two field goals in the second half.
With 11:02 left in the game the GWC special teams blocked a punt on the Pirates 3-yard line, and scored a field goal to add onto its lead 23-14. Orange Coast managed to come up with a big turn over, when the Rustlers offense fumbled with 1:29 left in the game.
With 84 seconds left in the game wide receiver Tyler Duncan laid out in the end zone when he caught a 16-yard pass by Biedgoly.
During the last minute the special teams recovered an onside kick, but gave the ball back to the Pirates on downs at the Pirates 43-yard line. The final play came down to a Hail Mary pass that went out of bounds near the goal line.
The teams’ last game will be against conference rivals Saddleback College on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.