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Football Records Biggest Win In 28 Years, Routs ECC Compton, 53-0
The Pasadena City College football team collected its most lopsided victory since the 1981 season in dominating El Camino College Compton Center, 53-0, Saturday evening in the Lancers' home opener at Robinson Stadium.The Lancers (1-1) hadn't beaten a team so soundly since a 69-6 thrashing of Eastern Arizona in the second week of the '81 season. It was the program's largest shutout win since a 52-0 blowout over Long Beach in 1991. PCC recorded its first shutout since 2007 when it beat Golden West, 34-0.
PCC outgained the Tartars in total yards, 424-to-20, and in first downs, 26-to-7. PCC limited ECC Compton to a minus-6 yards rushing in 34 running plays. The Lancers' defense sacked Tartar quarterbacks 5 times and forced 4 turnovers, giving it 11 takeaways in two games.
Sophomore kicker Nick Luevano entered the PCC record books as he booted the longest field goal in the school's 85-year gridiron history, a 49-yard kick that just got over the crossbar with 2:59 left in the first quarter. Luevano eclipsed the mark of 48 yards, first set in 1981 by Phil Gielgens and matched by Jose Arroyo in 2000. Luevano also was 6-for-6 on extra point kicks.
Many players had standout efforts including sophomore quarterback Nick Ponce, who came off the bench in the second quarter and proceeded to complete 17 of 23 passes for 263 yards and 4 touchdowns. It was vindication in some ways for Ponce, who had not had significant playing time since the season opener of 2008. The 6-foot-5 talent from Arcadia High took over for freshman starter Nate Montana, who had a tough first quarter in completing 3 of 10 throws for 51 yards and 1 interception. Last week's starter Jonathan Troast sat out this game, nursing an injury that occurred v. Mt. SAC.
All-utility player Reuben Thomas caught TD passes of 43 and 31 yards and later capped the game's scoring with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Thomas, a freshman from Pasadena's John Muir High, totaled 4 receptions for 105 yards at wide receiver, ran for 36 yards in 8 carries and completed 1-of-4 passes for 13 yards while playing quarterback in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore running back Anthony Pines scored on an 8-yard TD run and a 9-yard pass from Ponce, both in the second quarter, and he led PCC in rushing for the second straight week with 73 yards in 10 attempts. Frosh receiver Kemonte Bateman added 6 catches for 100 yards. Ponce also found Sean Carraway for a 7-yard TD dart in the third quarter.
On defense, freshman linebacker Kevin Ayers, who was the National Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the team's season opener, had another towering effort with a team-high 9 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, and a hurry. Sophomore cornerback Taurus D'Antignac had 2 interceptions and ran back 3 punts for 44 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Jeremy Aguilar added 7 tackles, 2 sacks, a hurry and he tipped a pass that resulted in an interception by D'Antignac (the second time Aguilar created a turnover that way in two weeks). Frosh 6-foot-6 defensive end Ahkeem Mckinney blocked a field goal and made a sack.
Freshman punter Brian Gonzalez (Alhambra High) had a breakout game with 4 punts for a 44.5 yard average, including a long of 56.
PCC will host East Los Angeles College next Saturday, Sept. 19 in a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Robinson Stadium.
Lancer Grid Notes: Kim Smith, a member of PCC's state champion women's basketball team, made the ceremonial coin toss prior to the game. . .Compton's best player all night was punter Juan Soto, who averaged 40 yards a kick in 7 attempts, including two inside the 20-yard line. . .Penalties extended the total game time to 3 hours, 10 minutes. PCC was whistled for 19 penalties for 181 yards and ECC Compton 18 penalties for 139 yards. . .The Lancers continued an impressive streak of scoring at least 20 points or more in game, dating back to the 2006 season. PCC has done that in 26 consecutive games, a stretch that has never been matched in school history. . .Linebacker Will Do, a two-way player at Temple City High, scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for the Lancers' first touchdown 3:25 into the game. It was his only carry of the evening. . .PCC Acting Head Coach James Kuk is 8-3 in charge of the program.
[Photo: Anthony Pines does a tightrope act as he touches the end zone corner for one of his two touchdowns in PCC's 53-0 win over El Camino College Compton Center Saturday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/12/09
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