The football season is giving Moorpark College coach Jim Bittner and his staff the cold shoulder.
The Raiders have suffered no less than eight serious shoulder injuries in three games.
Saturday's heartbreaking 16-13 loss to Fullerton was compounded by injuries to running back Danny Mosier, middle linebacker Miller Aupiu, defensive back Alex Tennyson and others.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Bittner. "It just may be a freak season or something. When you have eight shoulder injuries in three games, you start to wonder."
Moorpark (2-1) will probably be missing two of its starting linebackers when Santa Ana (3-0), ranked No. 25 in this week's JC Gridwire national poll, visits Griffin Stadium Saturday.
Tight end Aulama Lemalu and defensive end Ryan Whitman are two Raiders working at linebacker for the first this time this week.
Mosier, who gained 43 yards in a half after entering last week leading Southern California in rushing, is questionable Saturday.
Only Santa Ana, which featuring defensive end B.J. Bell, stands between Moorpark and a much-needed bye week.
"We're sort of piecing it together this week," said Bittner. "It's going to take some inspiration to get through this one."