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Hernandez Passes, Rushes Football To 39-9 Rout At LAVC

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With the news that starting quarterback Justin Posthuma will likely take a medical redshirt after being injured during last week's loss to Allan Hancock, the Pasadena City College football team has turned the signal calling duties over to letterman left-hander Cesar Hernandez.

On Saturday, Hernandez, already the team's punter, took advantage of his new role as starting QB. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Hernandez, from Los Angeles Franklin High, passed for three touchdowns and ran for two others in leading the Lancers to a convincing 39-9, SCFA non-conference road victory over Los Angeles Valley College at Monarch Stadium.

PCC is 2-1 while LA Valley dropped to 1-2.

Hernandez completed 25 of 43 attempts for 324 yards with no interceptions. After LA Valley took an early 3-0 lead, Hernandez answered with TD passes of 6 (first quarter) and 19 yards (second quarter) to wide receiver Jose Rodriguez.

PCC would score three touchdowns in a 2:05 span of the second period to take a 25-9 halftime lead. After the second Rodriguez score, Jarron Williams (Muir High) made the most of his first of two interceptions, returning a pick-off 35 yards for a TD with 9:18 left in the second quarter. The Lancers stopped Valley on the next series, then struck again on a 47-yard TD connection between Hernandez and wide receiver Wayne Peters.

In the second half, Hernandez would show his running ability, scoring on a 10-yard TD run up the middle with 5:58 left in the third quarter. He then executed a perfect bootleg for PCC's final score on a 2-yard TD run 2:06 into the fourth period.

The Lancers dominated in total offense, outgaining LA Valley, 471 yards to 182. Pasadena's defense made life miserable for Monarchs quarterback Dan Owen, who completed just 9 of 39 attempts for 104 yards. PCC made 10 quarterback hurries (two by lineman Chris Rincon), broke up five passes (two by defensive back Antoine Morris), and sacked Owen four times, two by sophomore lineman Pone Faleofa.

PCC's receiving corps was again led by sophomore Wayne Peters, who caught eight passes for 113 yards. Freshman Jameel Hasan (Los Angeles High) added seven receptions for 79 yards. On the ground, James Owens (Muir) had his second 100-yard game, gaining 106 yards in 18 carries.

Pasadena might have put up more points had it not been for a plethora of penalties, 19 for 186 yards whistled, including several personal foul calls.

"We obviously need to cut down on our mistakes, but I was very pleased with the way we moved the ball on offense," said PCC Head Coach Fred Fimbres. "Hernandez did well for himself and made some plays due to his athleticism. On defense, we were able to get the pressure on LA Valley's quarterback. For as many times as they threw the ball, we had that many times where we got inside their backfield. I was proud of our effort."

PCC will travel to a former coaching college of Fimbres when it plays at College of the Desert Saturday, Sept. 24 in a 6 p.m. non-conference matchup.

Gridiron Notes: Posthuma, the SCFA Offensive Player of the Week for week 1, injured a foot during last week's defeat against Allan Hancock. Fimbres indicated that Posthuma would risk losing a full year of eligibility by trying to come back later this season, and that he hopes the St. Francis High graduate will return to the Lancers in 2012. Because Posthuma played only into the second game, he is able to take a medical redshirt for 2011. . .Peters totaled 189 all-purpose yards as he leads the Lancers in receptions (22) and kick return average (24.1 yards per seven returns).

[Photo--Cesar Hernandez runs into the end zone untouched on a bootleg TD during PCC's 39-9 victory at LA Valley College Saturday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/17/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu