With 4:40 remaining in regulation, Orange Coast lined up to punt on fourth-down and four yards to go. But before the snap, the Vikings were flagged with an illegal substitution penalty that gave the Pirates five yards for a first down.
Orange Coast ran out the clock to close the game and capture its first win of the season.
Despite the close final score, from the opening quarter it appeared that Orange Coast was on its way to a blow out of the Vikings.
OCC drove 71 yards over eight plays in its first drive to open the scoring. Quarterback Kyle Basanez hit wide receiver Eric Dietz for a 21-yard touchdown pass to put the Pirates up 7-0.
After holding the Vikings to five plays in its first offensive series, Orange Coast came right back and took a 10-0 lead after a 37-yard field goal by Adam Kleckner with 4:12 left in the first.LBCC switched to a no-huddle offense late in the second quarter, which seemed to disrupt the Orange Coast defense.
With 3:16 left in the half, sophomore running back Martin Acosta (Cabrillo HS) capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a four-yard TD run.
Long Beach closed the half with a 27-yard field goal by sophomore Jeffrey Hastings (Poly). Once again the no-huddle offense ignited the Vikings after they went 61-yards in six plays to tie the game at 10.
Orange Coast went ahead for good in the third quarter. With 5:17 left in the period, corner back Marquis Dailey picked off LBCC freshman quarterback Alex Aispuro's (Jordan) pass and ran it back 34 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Long Beach was held to 217 total yards of offense, including just 53 yards rushing.
Aispuro threw for 164 yards on 14 of 28 passing with one interception.Sophomore running back Richard Nichols (Jordan) led the Vikings on the ground with seven carries for 39 yards. Freshman wide receiver Joe Garcia (Los Alamitos) caught three passes for a team-best 79 yards.
Freshman linebacker Antonio Steele (St. Peter Chanel, OH) led the Viking defense with 8.5 tackles (seven solo).
For the Pirates, Basanez was 14 for 24 for 169 yards with one touchdown. Running back Robert Aoki led OCC with 81 yards rushing on 14 carries.
With the loss, the Vikings fell to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the Mission Conference American Division. Orange Coast improved to 1-5 and 1-0 in division play.
The Vikings return to action next week (Oct.23) when they host rival Cerritos College in a 5 pm American Division game.
The winner of the contest takes home the "Cross-town Cup," a trophy given to the winner of the annual game.
LBCC will also be playing for the first time on its newly
completed artificial turf field at Veterans Stadium.