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PCC Football Prepares For Saturday's Season Opener At Mt. SAC
The Pasadena City College football team begins its 85th season on the gridiron Saturday, Sept. 5 when the Lancers play at Mt. San Antonio College. Kickoff for the game is 1 p.m. at Mt. SAC's Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut.
PCC Acting Head Coach James Kuk has picked returning sophomore Jonathan Troast to start at quarterback against the Mounties. Kuk said the competition was fierce this preseason, but felt Troast played well enough in the practices to warrant getting the nod over heralded freshman transfer Nate Montana and sophomore letterman Nick Ponce.
"We go up against one of the state's top programs right off the bat," Kuk said. "Troast won the early competition at QB, but until we are in game action, execution and performance will dictate the playing time. We feel we have three exceptional quarterbacks and two others that we are evaluating as future prospects. We are fortunate in that we have four games to get ready for conference play. Right now, the coaching staff is centered on getting us fully prepared against Mt. SAC."
Last season, the Lancers lost to the Mounties in the season opener, 46-20. Mt. SAC, the 2008 CCCAA state runner-up, holds a 19-15 edge in the all-time series between the two colleges. PCC last beat Mt. SAC in 2002, a 12-6 win in a then Mission Conference contest. The Lancers are now members of the National Northern Conference while the Mounties participate in the National Central Conference. Both conferences are part of the Southern California Football Association (SCFA).
In the pre-season JC Athletic Bureau Top 25 state poll, Mt. SAC was rated No. 2 while PCC, winner of the Santa Barbara Tremblay Services Bowl with a 7-4 record, is ranked No. 20. In the national pre-season rankings, Pasadena was No. 29 in the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 poll. Mt. SAC was ranked No. 2 behind Blinn College, Texas.
The Lancers are 14-6 over their last 20 season openers, but just 2-3 in the past five seasons. For Kuk, this is his first collegiate opening game as a head coach. He did not take over the head coaching duties until week No. 3 of last year when the team was 0-2. The Lancers won seven of nine games with Kuk in charge, and came within an overtime play of the NNC title.
"We are very strong on defense with skill players at every position," Kuk said. "We have speed, we're aggressive, and we have depth. Our offense is coming around, and we could have an explosive nature there. Our philosophy is to play with a sense of urgency. We're not going to sit back on either side of the ball."
[Photo--Jonathan Troast, who passed for 627 yards and 7 touchdowns last year as a freshman, has been penciled in as the PCC football team's starting quarterback Saturday at Mt. San Antonio.]
Release Date: 09/03/09