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Football's Streak Of Scoring 20-Or-More Points Stops At 28 Games
Over the past few years, putting points on the board has been a routine task for the Pasadena City College football team. That was before PCC was run over by a punishing Bakersfield College pass rush that resulted in a 34-13 loss for the Lancers in the National Northern Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.The game was played before a partisan crowd of 4,913 fans at Bakersfield's Memoral Stadium. Pasadena fell to 3-2 while Bakersfield moved to 4-1.
The Renegades became the first team since Mt. San Antonio in week No. 7 of the 2006 season to hold the Lancers to under 20 points. PCC's streak of scoring 20-or-more points ended at a school-record 28 straight games.
PCC quarterback Nick Ponce came into the game as the second-highest rated passer in the state. But after firing 97 passes without an inteception in the past three wins, the 6-foot-5 sophomore had trouble handling Bakersfield's intense pass rush. Ponce finished with 5 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
Overall, PCC quarterbacks Ponce and Jonathan Troast were sacked 8 times (4 by lineman Tyrone Crawford) and intercepted 6 times.
Bakersfield jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but PCC roared back on a 15-yard TD pass from Ponce to wide receiver Kemonte Bateman and a 4-yard scoring run by utility back Reuben Thomas, who played quarterback, on the play. The Lancers trailed just 17-13 after two quarters.
The Renegades dominated the second half beginning with an 11-play, 85-yard drive capped by Montreal Harris' 1-yard TD run that made it 24-13. Joseph Bertrand stepped in front of a sideline throw by Ponce and turned it into a 15-yard interception return for a touchdown to extend the lead to 31-13 late in the third quarter.
While PCC's offense had its problems, the defense had several top performers including two interceptions by cornerback Taurus D'Antignac. Sophomore linebackers Roman Pula and Jeremy Aguilar each totaled 14 tackles and frosh linebacker Ahkeem Mckinney made 12 tackles. Sophomore safety Daniel Bernal recorded 10 tackles and second-year safety Julius Harris tacked on 9 tackles with a fumble recovery.
Sophomore wide receiver Sean Carraway totaled 8 receptions for 80 yards and Bateman 6 catches for 77 yards. Ponce finished 20-for-36 passing for 238 yards. John Roberson was the team's leading rusher with 46 yards in 6 carries.
The Lancers host Ventura College Saturday, October 10 in a 1 p.m. NNC game at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Devance Harris makes the leaping catch during PCC's 34-13 loss at Bakersfield's Memorial Stadium Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/04/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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