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Hernandez Passes For 445 Yards, 4 TDs In Loss At COD

(PALM DESERT) -- Despite the third highest passing total in PCC football history by quarterback Cesar Hernandez, the Pasadena City College football team could not contain a speedy College of the Desert squad in a 58-28 SCFA non-conference loss Saturday night.

Desert, ranked No. 11 in the official regional state poll, moved to 3-1 while the Lancers, the No. 15-ranked team, dropped to 2-2.

Hernandez completed 35 of 59 passes, the most ever attempted by a PCC quarterback, for 445 yards and four touchdowns.

The lefthanded-throwing sophomore fired TD throws of 12 yards to Ben Childs, 16 and 5 yards to James Owens, and 1-yard to Andrew Medrano. The PCC record for most passing yards in a game is still held by David Pittman, who threw for 481 yards in a 2007 game v. Palomar.

Desert jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead capped by a 37-yard TD run by Nephi Garcia. Desert extended the lead to 34-7 by halftime on the help of two long scoring plays. Receiver Ivor Washington turned a screen pass into a 68-yard touchdown from quarterback Charles Fortis. Later in the second quarter, Shaine Boyle picked up a fumble and returned it 95 yards for a TD.

COD kicker Brett Symonds put on a show with field goals of 39, 25, and 35 yards and making all seven of his extra point attempts. He also drilled three touchbacks on first-half kickoffs, keeping PCC's offense from gaining good field territory.

Desert running back Jai Steib scored on a pair of 1-yard TD plunges. COD rushed for 180 yards in 37 carries compared to just 20 net yards for PCC in 21 attempts. The Roadrunners' defense forced four PCC turnovers, three on interceptions.

PCC had a pair of receivers with more than 100 yards as Ian Hamilton caught four throws for 106 yards and Childs had eight receptions for 101 yards. Wayne Peters led all receivers with 11 catches that totaled 82 yards.

The Lancers finish the pre-National Southern Conference schedule Saturday, Oct. 1 at Ventura College. Kickoff is a rare afternoon start at 1 p.m.

Release Date: 09/24/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu