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Ventura Snaps Football's 4-Game Win Streak, 33-29
In a non-conference game full of momentum swings, the Pasadena City College football team couldn't match Ventura College enough in big plays as the Lancers had their four-game winning streak snapped by the Pirates, 33-29, Saturday night at Robinson Stadium.
Ranked No. 5 in the state regional poll coming into the game, PCC dropped to 4-1 overall while 16th-rated Ventura improved to 3-2. The Lancers enter their bye week and won't be back in action until their National Southern Conference opener at Fullerton College on Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
The Lancers rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit to take a 23-13 lead on a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Owens to wide receiver Michael Harrison 1:26 into the third quarter.
Ventura answered with three straight touchdowns to regain the advantage at 33-23. PCC would cut it to four on a 21-yard TD strike from Owens to Kemonte Bateman with 4:44 left in the game. A ferocious pass rush by the Pirates kept PCC from passing midfield on its final two series as the Lancers suffered their first loss of the 2010 season.
PCC's biggest problem was stopping Ventura quarterback Antavius Sims, who dazzled with 22 carries for 134 yards and two rushing TDs along with 121 passing yards (13 of 21 attempts). Running back Michael Davis added 121 rushing yards in 27 carries and one score.
The Pasadena special teams, a strength coming into the game, had their problems against Ventura. PCC punter-kicker Brian Gonzalez missed wide on two extra point attempts and had a punt blocked that resulted in a 4-yard return for a touchdown by the Pirates' Jordan Anderson with 10:42 left in the game. David Brown's extra point made it 33-23 at that point.
In the first quarter, Ventura's defense created another touchdown thanks to a botched pitch by Owens that was deflected and rolled back for a 22-yard loss before Daniel Miller fell on the fumble in the end zone for a Pirates' touchdown.
Owens tied the PCC record for most passing attempts in a game with 57, completing 29 with two interceptions for 299 yards and three touchdowns. All-American David Pittman set the original mark with 57 throws in a 2007 game v. Saddleback.
Telvin McMillian's team-leading ninth touchdown came on a 2-yard run 1:43 into the second quarter. Owens would hit Reuben Thomas for a 22-yard TD throw with 7:03 left in the half. Gonzalez, who was 2-for-4 overall on extra points, drilled a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to increase PCC's lead to 17-13.
Pasadena's defense was paced by defensive end Charles Tua'au, who made nine tackles, made 2.5 sacks, had two quarterback hurries and forced and recovered a fumble. Linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo led the squad with 14 tackles and also forced and recovered a fumble. Linebacker Cordell Robinson added nine tackles and 1.5 sacks before leaving with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter. Linebacker Grant Haggard contributed nine tackles and defensive back Marcus Graves made an interception and broke up a pass.
On offense, Harrison led all PCC receivers with 11 catches for 96 yards while Thomas had nine receptions for 104 yards. Running back Danny Robinson made four grabs for 44 yards and added 20 yards in five rushes.
Reserve punter and holder Michael Varela had a big game with two coffin corner punts for a 40.5 yards average that pinned Ventura twice inside its 6-yard line. In the first quarter, he participated on a fake field goal, throwing a pass that resulted in a pass interference call on Ventura for a first down at the 2. McMillian followed with his touchdown.
PCC's rushing attack struggled with just 38 net yards in 21 attempts.
[Photo--Charles Tua'au (99) and Grant Haggard (40) pressure Ventura quarterback Antavius Sims (1) on a pass play during PCC's 33-29 loss to the Pirates Saturday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/02/10