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Carraway, Other Sophomores Excel In Football Finale 38-22 Win At Glendale
The 2009 season for the Pasadena City College football team often was a case of the defense trying to make up for the offense and its lack of production. On Saturday night in the team's season finale, the Lancers' offense took center stage as it used several top performances by sophomores to dismantle host Glendale College, 38-22, in a National Northern Conference game.
The Lancers closed the season at. 500 with a 5-5 overall record, and they went 2-4 in the NNC. Glendale finished 4-6 and 1-5 in conference.
PCC was paced by sophomore wide receiver Sean Carraway, who had a banner night by making 9 receptions for 172 yards, completing a gadget pass for 39 yards, returning a punt for 26 yards, and even recovering an onside kick to open the second half.
Carraway ended his year with 65 receptions for 910 yards as the total catch number is the second-highest receiving mark in PCC history, behind only All-American David Reed's amazing 111 receptions two years ago. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Claremont High grad moved into fifth on the all-time receiving list with 85 catches and his 1,210 career yards is sixth.
While Carraway had big plays throughout the win, it was sophomore Nick Ponce who threaded the Glendale secondary to get him the ball. Ponce ended an odd year of musical quarterbacks for the Lancers as he reclaimed his starting role of earlier in the season. He took full advantage of the only game this season in which a PCC quarterback played the entire 60 minutes.
Ponce completed 28 of 42 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Carraway for a 14-yard score and John Roberson for a 6-yard end zone throw. Ponce and Carraway hooked up for a 51-yard pass play on the game's first offensive play. Then the 6-5, 220-pound Arcadia High product showed some running ability by scrambling 17 yards for PCC's first touchdown.
Roberson, another sophomore, totaled 10 receptions for 96 yards as Ponce used him on short screens and sideline tosses.
Sophomore Anthony Pines impressed in his final collegiate game as the two-year letterman from Cathedral High rushed for 99 yards in 16 carries and had 4 receptions for 38 yards. Pines scored on a pair of 1-yard TD plunges and he was robbed of a 52-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter on an offensive penalty (resulted in him getting credited for 40 yards).
Maybe the most surprising performance came from two-year receiver Andrew Tree, who had his best game of his career by making 5 receptions for 99 yards. Tree, who only had 3 catches all year coming into the game, displayed speed and strong hands and has given himself game film that could help him gain a scholarship to play two more years of university-level football. Tree is from Eagle Point High in Oregon.
Of the freshmen, it was kicker/punter Brian Gonzalez (Alhambra High) who made a bid to be next year's full-time starter. Gonzalez was 5-for-5 on extra points, kicked a 22-yard field goal, made a great squib kick on the onside kick recovery by Carraway, and made his only punt count for 47 yards that was downed inside Glendale's 20 yard-line.
On defense, safety Julius Harris made his 10th career interception (fourth this year) and sophomore linebacker Jeremy Aguilar made 8 tackles to give him the team's tackle crown for the second consecutive season. Aguilar finished with 95 tackles this year and his 173 tackles is the most by a Lancer for a career since the tackle statistic started being charted in 1993.
PCC Acting Head Coach James Kuk ran his career record to 12-7.
[Photo--Sean Carraway makes a diving catch here during PCC's 38-22 season-ending victory Saturday at Glendale College's Sartoris Field, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/14/09