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Football Rally Falls Short In Ventura Loss, 26-20

Football Rally Falls Short In Ventura Loss, 26-20 image After totaling just one first down and 4 yards of offense in an anemic first half, the Pasadena City College football team changed quarterbacks and nearly changed the outcome of its National Northern Conference game Saturday afternoon at PCC's Robinson Stadium. The Lancers fought back from a 16-0 deficit, but Ventura College hung on for a 26-20 victory.The Lancers' overall record fell to 3-3 while Pasadena is 0-2 in NNC play. The Lancers will have to win their final four regular season games to have a shot at playing in a postseason bowl game. The door was closed on the team's state playoff chances, however. Ventura is 5-1 and 2-0 in conference. With sophomore starter Nick Ponce not able to move the PCC offense (9-for-14 passing for 40 yards), Acting Head Coach James Kuk called on sophomore quarterback Jonathan Troast, who responded by completing 12 of 24 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Troast might have had a bigger afternoon, but had four dropped passes by his receiving corps. In the third quarter, Troast engineered a 7-play, 49-yard scoring drive with two completions for 34 yards. Linebacker Roman Pula, the team's leading scorer last year as a two-way player, scored his first touchdown of the season on a 3-yard run with 5:02 left in the period. By the the end of the third quarter, Ventura would up the lead to 23-6 thanks to a 46-yard field goal by Tyler Stampler and a 56-yard TD run by Dominic Morris. Troast went to work in the fourth quarter by hitting DeMonte Bell for a 15-yard TD pass, then connecting on a 39-yard scoring aerial to utility player Reuben Thomas. Nick Luevano's second extra point cut it to 26-20 with 5:32 left. PCC's defense twice stopped Ventura to allow the Lancers' two more cracks at tying the score. PCC did not get past midfield on either opportunity. Ventura's state No. 6-rated defense forced PCC into four turnovers and limited the Lancers to 223 yards overall. The PCC rushing offense netted a minus-36 yards in 22 plays, including 5 quarterback sacks of Troast. Sophomore Anthony Pines was the team's leading gainer with just 14 yards in 6 carries. Sophomore wide receiver Sean Carraway continued his possession receiving ways with a team-high 8 receptions for 99 yards. Thomas added 3 catches for 74 yards. Lancers' freshman punter Brian Gonzalez had a punt blocked for a safety in the PCC end zone, but had a strong game overall with 7 punts for a 37.1 yards average, including a brilliant 48-yarder that was downed at the Ventura 1 in the first quarter. Ventura punter Joe Reynoso had 9 kicks for a 39.3 yards average, including a booming 61-yarder in the fourth quarter. Three of his punts landed inside the PCC 20. On defense, PCC was paced by a team season-high 15 tackles by sophomore safety Daniel Bernal, who added a fumble recovery. Frosh defensive end Ahkeem Mckinney was a force with 9 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a hurry, and a forced fumble. Pula contributed 9 tackles and 2 hurries and second-year linebacker Jeremy Aguilar totaled 9 tackles. Both sophomore safety Julius Harris and freshman middle linebacker Raymond Gordon had 8 tackles each. Ventura quarterback Antavius Sims hit Raphael Washington for a 53-yard TD pass and added a 1-yard scoring sneak. Sims completed 9 of 14 passes for 176 yards. Morris led the ground game with 100 yards in 14 carries. PCC had a season-low 5 penalties called by the officials. Ventura was whistled for 15 penalties for 105 yards. The Pirates controlled the clock with 35:49 in possession time. Pasadena next travels to play Allan Hancock College Saturday, October 17 in a 6 p.m. NNC game at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. [Photo--Daniel Bernal (24) makes one of his 15 tackles with teammate Julius Harris (26) in pursuit during the Lancers' 26-20 loss to Ventura at Robinson Stadium Saturday afternoon, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/10/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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