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Ponce Leads PCC Football To 3rd Straight Win, Beats Riverside, 38-7
Sophomore quarterback Nick Ponce passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns to lead the region's 14th-ranked Pasadena City College football team to its third straight win, 38-7, over host Riverside in an non-conference game Saturday night.Ponce, who has thrown for 12 touchdown passes in three games since taking over the starting job in the second week of the season, completed 28 of 40 passes. The Arcadia High grad opened the scoring by hitting Demonte Bell for a 9-yard TD pass 6:33 into the game. Ponce engineered a 9-play, 72-yard drive by completing 5 of 6 throws.
Early in the second quarter, Ponce ran in a 2-yard TD sneak to make it 12-0. PCC kicker Nick Luevano would then miss his first of three straight extra points (he later made two). Luevano, who had kicked a perfect 16-for-16 coming into the game on point-afters, missed wide on a 33-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.
The Lancers built it to 18-0 on a 7-yard bootleg run for a touchdown by utility player Reuben Thomas 3:34 into the third quarter.
Ponce continued the onslaught with TD passes of 5 yards to Sean Carraway, and then a 74-yard scoring dart to Thomas, who took a short pass, eluded one Riverside tackler and sped the final 60 yards for the score. Ponce would hit Carraway again for a 17-yard touchdown throw with 4:15 left to complete his night.
The Lancers (3-1) dominated the region's 20th-ranked Tigers, out gaining them in total offense, 558 yards to 139.
Defensively, PCC was led by safety Kevin Ayers with 10 tackles and two sacks and defensive end Ahkeem Mckinney with 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Safety Julius Harris added his second interception, cornerback Taurus D'Antignac 8 tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup, and linebacker Roman Pula contributed 9 tackles plus a fumble recovery.
Lancers’ running back John Roberson, playing in his first game of the year, rushed for a team season-high 156 yards on 19 carries. Roberson, a transfer from Palomar College, did fumble twice, but often broke loose for first-down carries. His addition to the lineup has given PCC Acting Head Coach James Kuk a new wrinkle on offense.
"Our defense is playing at a high level, and has done so the entire season to date," Kuk said. "But our offense now is shaping up the way we envisioned it might. We have a quarterback that blossomed in Ponce, and now with Roberson at running back, we have added another dimension on offense. The receivers are eating up yards and moving the chains. We're also blocking better on the offensive line."
Riverside (1-3) broke the shutout with 7:13 remaining on a 5-yard TD pass by quarterback Jacoby Mitchell to receiver Jordan Stip. For the Tigers, Cedric Foster gained 61 yards on 18 attempts.
PCC opens National Northern Conference play Saturday, October 3 with a 6 p.m. game at Bakersfield College's home field, Memorial Stadium.
Lancer Grid Notes: Punter Brian Gonzalez had a rough start to his game with a 14-yard punt, but recovered with consecutive punts inside the 20-yard line, including a brilliant 42-yarder that was downed at the Riverside 1. . .D'Antignac ran back 4 punts for 51 yards. . .Thomas totaled 164 all-purpose yards, including 4 receptions for 99 yards and a 51-yard kick return. . .Will Do broke off a team-best 33-yard run on his only carry of the game. . .Wide receiver Devance Harris led the Lancers with 9 catches for 96 yards and Carraway added 6 for 91 yards. . .Kuk is 10-3 as a head coach for PCC, the best start by a Lancers football coach since Larry Reisbig was 11-2 to open his coaching at PCC in 1982-83. Reisbig is now an athletic director at Long Beach City College. . .Riverside did not make a first down until 3:45 left in the second quarter. . .PCC kept its impressive streak alive of scoring 20 or more points, now at 28 straight games dating back to 2006.
[Photo--Nick Ponce delivers a pass during PCC's 38-7 win at Riverside Community College Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/27/09
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