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Football Gives Up Most Points Ever in 69-34 Loss To Grossmont
In 86 years of Pasadena City College football, no opponent had scored as many points as host Grossmont College piled up Saturday afternoon in a 69-34, National Southern Conference victory over the Lancers.
PCC was 6-0 in the all-time series against the Griffins, including its previous meeting, a 38-17 win by the Lancers in the 2001 South County Bowl. Grossmont appeared to want revenge for all of their defeats to PCC as it scored 10 touchdowns against a defense that had only allowed a 26 points per game average this year.
The 69 points allowed broke the previous high of 66 allowed in a 1999 loss to El Camino College.
After a 4-0 beginning to the 2010 season, things have unraveled for the Lancers, now 4-5 and 0-4 in the powerful NSC. Grossmont kept its bowl hopes going, now at 6-3 and 1-3.
Grossmont jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, and built it to 42-7 at one point in the second quarter.
The Lancers woke up offensively once former starting quarterback Nick Owens was inserted into the game after being benched in the past three contests. Owens relieved starter Cesar Hernandez (4-for-8, 54 yards) in the second quarter. The freshman lefty passer proceeded to put on a clinic by completing 22 of 42 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns.
Owens' main target was sophomore wide receiver/utility man Reuben Thomas III, who caught TD strikes of 26, 50, 45, and 28 yards. Owens other TD pass was to running back Danny Robinson, a 30-yard pass and run to the sideline that made it 42-14 by halftime. Thomas finished with seven receptions for 194 yards and four TDs. It was the second time in his PCC career that Thomas scored four times in a game.
Sophomore transfer wide receiver Michael Harrison added eight catches for 70 yards, upping his team lead in receptions to 58 in nine games. PCC's rushing game was non-existent as the team carried 27 times for minus-10 yards. Grossmont's pass rush was the main culprit in that total as the Griffins sacked Hernandez and Owens a combined nine times for a negative 74 yards. Hernandez did have the team's longest carry, a 22-yard run on the game's first series.
Grossmont quarterback Ryan Woods torched the PCC secondary, minus injured top safety Omar Smith, completing his first 11 passes and finishing 13-for-15 for 278 yards and four TDs. Woods hit Roland Brooks for a 73-yard TD bomb early in the first quarter and hit Alex McLeland for a 48-yard flyer 2:19 into the second quarter. Reserve QB Nick Carey added two more touchdown passes.
Overall, Grossmont amassed 611 total yards and 27 first downs compared to 392 yards and 22 first downs by the Lancers.
PCC punter-kicker Brian Gonzalez did well despite a missed extra point (made his other four attempts). Gonzalez, a sophomore, averaged 41.4 yards on eight punts, successfully pushed an onside kick where he recovered the ball after hitting the ball into the foot of a Grossmont player, and turned a bad snap into a 49-yard punt on an athletic play, running to the sideline before lining the ball downfield.
Another effective player was nose tackle/offensive center Manako Tuifua. The sophomore aided the offense by returning a short kickoff 13 yards and three times gaining first downs on short yardage plays as he led PCC in rushing with 12 yards. On defense, he made 1.5 sacks and another tackle for loss on a short Grossmont pass as he finished with five tackles.
PCC's hopes of finishing .500 will be tough as the Lancers visit state No. 1-ranked Mt. San Antonio College in the season finale Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut. The Mounties are 9-0 this season and the defending state champions.
PCC Gridiron Notes: For the fourth time this season, a PCC player was named NSC Defensive Player of the Week as Smith earned that title with his two interceptions against Palomar on Oct. 30. It was Smith's second POW selection this season. Defensive lineman Charles Tua'au and linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo also earned the conference honor...Punter Michael Varela, who handles holding on placekicks, has been used on short-field, coffin corner punts this season. He landed a 36-yard punt at the Grossmont 6 in the first quarter. Unfortunately for Varela, a valiant onside kick try in the second quarter saw him dive on the ball, but as it squirted loose, Griffins' lineman Derek Holsapple picked up the ball and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown...Robinson totaled 136 all-purpose yards on receiving and kick returns...Tua'au, Tevin McCaskill, and Cordell Robinson tied for most tackles v. Grossmont with seven each.
[Photo--Nick Owens gets chased out of the pocket during PCC's 69-34 loss at Grossmont College in El Cajon Saturday afternoon, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/06/10