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Killer B's Lead Football To 49-27 Win Over ELAC
The Killer B's were in full force Saturday night during the Pasadena City College football team's 49-27 non-conference victory over East Los Angeles at Robinson Stadium. Freshman wide receivers Kemonte Bateman and Demonte Bell combined for 5 touchdowns as the Lancers went ahead by as much as 42 points, 49-7, by the 9:48 mark of the third quarter.Pasadena (2-1) pulled both its first string on offense and defense as ELAC (0-3) scored three late touchdowns to make the score respectable.
Bateman, a quick 5-11, 180-pounder from Crenshaw High, caught TD passes of 21 and 20 yards from starting sophomore quarterback Nick Ponce, and pulled in a 32-yard scoring catch from second-year quarterback Jonathan Troast. Bell, a 5-10, 170-pounder from Cathedral High in Los Angeles, caught a short pass from Ponce and his explosive speed turned it into an 80-yard TD reception in the first quarter. Bell later took a pitch and ran in a 20-yard TD in the second quarter.
Overall, Bell had 6 receptions for 143 yards and 2 rushes for 24 yards while Bateman had 4 catches for 95 yards and 3 kick returns for 48 yards. The Killer B's totaled 314 all-purpose yards.
Ponce solidified his role as the team's No. 1 quarterback after having the third best half in PCC passing history. Ponce completed 20 of 29 passes for 338 yards and 4 touchdowns, giving him 8 in the past two wins. The only quarterbacks to throw for more yards in one half were David Pittman (451 on his way to a school record 481 v. Palomar in 2007) and John Rattay (344 v. Golden West in 2002). All three of those performances were accomplished in the first half of games.
While Bateman and Bell stole the spotlight, sophomore wide receiver Sean Carraway had the most productive game of his PCC career. Carraway caught 12 passes for 168 yards, including a 10-yard TD reception from Ponce in the second quarter.
The Lancers took a 7-0 lead when Reuben Thomas recovered his own fumble in the end zone after being inserted at QB for a short yardage play. Ponce was 3-for-3 passing on a 43-yard drive and even ran for an 8-yard carry on the series. Sophomore kicker Nick Luevano capped the score with his first of 7 extra points just 3:49 into the game. PCC would go on to take a 42-7 halftime lead.
On defense, PCC was paced by freshman defensive end Ahkeem Mckinney (from Georgia), who had 2 sacks and a hurry, and veteran safeties Daniel Bernal and Julius Harris totaled a team-high 9 tackles each. First-year lineman Kyle Bailey (Washington High) added a sack and a forced fumble. Linebacker and sophomore team captain Jeremy Aguilar contributed 8 tackles and recovered a fumble.
PCC's top rusher on the evening was Devin Fuller, who had 34 yards in just 2 attempts. Troast was 4-for-7 for 68 yards in relief of Ponce.
The Lancers travel to face Riverside Community College Saturday, Sept. 26 in a 6 p.m. kickoff. The game concludes non-conference play for PCC.
[Photo--Demonte Bell (6) is off to the races for a touchdown while Kemonte Bateman (4) looks on during the Lancers' 49-27 rout over East Los Angeles Saturday night at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/19/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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