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Posthuma Posts Historic Pass In Football's 49-28 Opening Win Over Glendale

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Freshman quarterback Justin Posthuma passed for five touchdowns, including the longest completion in Pasadena City College football history, as the Lancers gave first-year head coach Fred Fimbres a 49-28 season-opening triumph over Glendale College Saturday night. The SCFA game drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 fans at PCC's Robinson Stadium.

Posthuma, who practiced on the scout team as a redshirt last year at UCLA, etched his name in the PCC record book by connecting with wide receiver Jose Rodriguez for a 96-yard TD pass with 3:53 elapsed into the second quarter. The pass play and the fourth of seven extra point kicks by Robert Poage gave PCC a 28-0 lead.

The pass broke a 55-year-old record of 93 yards set in 1956 on a TD throw from Ross Matranga to John Hardy. It was also only the third time in school history that a pass play netted 90 or more yards.

Posthuma frequently eluded Glendale pass rushers and darted out of the pocket to complete some pf his passes. He added TD passes of 20 yards to wide receiver Jameel Hasan, 10 yards to wide receiver Ben Childs, 12 yards to tight end Kwajo Bonsu, and 32 yards to fellow former St. Francis High wideout Ian Hamilton. He finished completing 18 of 22 passes for 323 yards.

Another scene stealer for the Lancers was running back James Owens (Muir High), a freshman who played as a reserve guard on the 2010-2011 PCC men's basketball team and seldom played football in high school. Owens electrified the crowd with an 80-yard TD gallop 7:06 into the game. Earlier in the first quarter, he opened the Lancers' scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

Owens totaled 144 yards in just 12 carries. His 80-yard run was the longest carry by a PCC back since current NFL player and PCC Sports Hall of Famer Jerome Harrison carried for that distance in the 2002 Potato Bowl. Of course, the longest rush in PCC history of 99 yards was turned in by none other than the school's most famous alumnus--Jackie Robinson in 1938.

Sophomore wide receiver Wayne Peters was Posthuma's favorite target overall with nine catches for 96 yards.

Defensively, PCC was led by frosh defensive back Antoine Morris (Muir) with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Letterman linebacker Grant Haggard added nine tackles while first-year linebacker Mike Sepulveda contributed eight tackles and a pass breakup. The team's top pass rusher was Khambrell Gomez, who had three quarterback hurries, two tackles and a fumble recovery. Sophomore lineman Pone Faleofa had PCC's lone sack to go with four tackles.

Despite Glendale executing 88 offensive plays to just 50 by PCC, the Lancers averaged an amazing 11 yards per play as they totaled 22 first downs and 550 yards of total offense. The Vaqueros amassed 423 yards and actually made more first downs with 23.

PCC picked up its 34th victory in 48 all-time meetings v. Glendale and won for the seventh straight time v. the Vaqueros, all of those victories being season openers that span back to 1989.

The Lancers will next host Allan Hancock College in a SCFA non-conference game next Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

[Photo--Justin Posthuma passed for five touchdowns in PCC's season-opening 49-28 win over Glendale Saturday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/04/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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