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Allan Hancock Sends PCC Football To 3rd NNC Loss, 38-23
(Santa Maria) – The Pasadena City College football team remains winless in National Northern Conference play after losing to Allan Hancock College, 38-23, Saturday night at Righetti High School.The Lancers dropped their third straight game to fall to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the NNC. Hancock is 6-1 and 2-1 in conference action.
PCC utility player Reuben Thomas totaled 208 yards in combined rushing, receiving, passing, kick and punt returns and scored his team-leading 10th and 11th touchdowns. Thomas pulled in a 25-yard TD pass from starting quarterback Jonathan Troast in the first quarter and added a 20-yard scoring catch from backup Nate Montana in the fourth quarter. It was first collegiate touchdown pass for the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.
Thomas, a freshman from John Muir High, ran for 29 yards in 5 carries in wildcat formations at quarterback. He later completed a 42-yard pass to DeMonte Bell. Montana completed 8-of-26 passes for 101 yards, playing all of the fourth quarter.
Hancock used a punishing running game, totaling 254 yards in 55 carries, to jump out to a commanding 31-7 lead after three quarters. Thomas Sua gained 104 yards and scored on TD runs of 12 and 10 yards. Quarterback Gunner Jespersen twice hit receiver Marquelo Suel for touchdown darts of 10 and 19 yards. Jespersen finished with three TD passes.
Six minutes into the game, the Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead when Sua capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive on his 12-yard rush.
On the ensuing series, the Lancers tied it at 7-7 on a 25-yard pass from Troast to Thomas. Troast completed 6-for-6 on the drive for 61 yards. The three PCC quarterbacks totaled 55 pass attempts, completing 24 with one interception for 337 yards. Troast was 15-for-27 for 194 yards.
Hancock would score 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 17-7 lead into the locker-room. A 12-yard TD throw by Jespersen to Scott Cathcart was followed by a 39-yard field goal by Nathan Stein.
In the first half, the Lancers failed on three scoring opportunities, all inside the Hancock 12 yard-line. PCC kicker Nick Luevano had a 27-yard attempt blocked by Reginald Williams to end the first quarter, and missed wide left on a 28-yard try with 11:28 left in the second quarter. Also in the period, Thomas was stopped on a 4th-and-2 running play at the Hancock 10 to end another threat.
PCC’s defense was led by linebacker Jeremy Aguilar with 16 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Anthony Pines added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. PCC twice scored 2-point conversions on a Montana to Sean Carraway pass and a Roman Pula run.
Pasadena takes its bye week and will not play again until Halloween day (October 31) when it hosts Moorpark College in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Reuben Thomas pulls in this 25-yard TD pass from Jonathan Troast in the first quarter of the Pasadena City College football team's 38-23 loss to Allan Hancock College at Righetti High in Santa Maria, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/17/09
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