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McMillian Scores 5 Touchdowns As Football Wins 2010 Opener
It was a milestone night for the Pasadena City College football team Saturday in its 2010 season opener at Glendale Community College. The Lancers earned Dennis Gossard his 50th career head coaching victory as sophomore transfer running back Telvin McMillian tied a PCC record with five rushing touchdowns in a 41-20 triumph over the Vaqueros.
PCC (1-0) is 8-2 in season openers coached by Gossard, experiencing his third head coaching tour in his 32nd season of coaching at the college. Gossard officially is in his 10th season in charge, the most by any football coach in the college's 86 years playing the sport. Gossard previously was head coach in 2005 and originally from 1987-1994.
McMillian, who last played at Allan Hancock College in 2008, scored a TD in every quarter, reaching the end zone on scoring runs of 2, 8, 2, 8, and 4 yards. The powerful 6-foot, 218-pound back totaled 89 yards in 17 carries. His five scores on the ground tied Jonathan Smith's record set in 2001 v. Cerritos. Smith would score six TDs in that game, including one on a pass, which is a PCC record for most touchdowns (six) and most points (36) in a game.
The Lancers used a balanced attack to defeat Glendale for the 33rd time in 47 meetings between the two schools. PCC built a 21-0 lead on the only score not performed by McMillian when letterman quarterback Caleb Fore hit transfer wide receiver Michael Harrison on a 68-yard TD aerial less than 12 minutes into the game.
Harrison, the smallest player on the field at 5-4, 140 pounds, put on a receiving show. The Pasadena Muir High grad returned home to face Glendale after attending college there two seasons ago. He finished with eight receptions for 177 yards. Fore was efficient in completing 20 of 29 passes for 268 yards. He added a 2-point conversion run following the team's second touchdown.
PCC's defense came through with big plays as the linebacking corps led the way. Heralded freshman MLB Grant Haggard (Monrovia High) tied with freshman Hawaiian OLB Kimball Niumatalolo for most tackles at nine each. Haggard added two quarterback hurries and made a diving interception. Sophomore OLB Cordell Robinson added six tackles, a quarterback sack, a hurry and a 19-yard interception return. Sophomore returning nose tackle Manako Tuifua contributed three tackles, a fumble recovery, a sack and two hurries.
Sophomore wide receiver Kemonte Bateman totaled 100 all-purpose yards on receiving (three catches), kick and punt returns. Sophomore transfer RB Ron Spears added 46 rushing yards in 6 carries. Returning sophomore punter Brian Gonzalez had a 51-yard punt and twice boomed kickoffs to the goalline.
Gossard becomes only the third coach in PCC history with 50 career victories, joining the college's first coach R. Frank Baker (52) and Tom Mallory (50), who happened to coach Pasadena's greatest sports alumnus Jackie Robinson in 1937-38, in the elite group.
PCC beat Glendale in consecutive games at Glendale as it had downed the Vaqueros, 38-22, in its 2009 season finale before Saturday's victory.
The Lancers will make the trek to Santa Maria next Saturday when they face Allan Hancock College in a 6 p.m. game at Righetti High School.
[Photo--Telvin McMillian, sporting PCC's new all-white road uniforms, runs in for one of his record-tying five touchdowns in the Lancers' 41-20 win at Glendale Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/04/10