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Football Among State Stat Leaders At Midway Mark
While the Pasadena City College football team prepares for the start of SCFA National Southern Conference play this week, the 2-3 Lancers are high in several team and individual statistical categories.
PCC has the state leader in receptions in sophomore possession wide receiver Wayne Peters, who has 42 catches for 476 yards. Another wide receiver, Jose Rodriguez, leads California in reception yards per catch as the lanky freshman is averaging a whopping 30.8 yards in his 11 passes caught this year. He also entered the PCC record books in his very first collegiate game when he scored on the longest pass play in school history, 96 yards from Justin Posthuma in the season opener v. Glendale.
At 1,790 yards and 358 yards per game, the Lancers are the state leader in passing. The team is allowing 180.8 yards passing per contest, good enough for No. 7 in the SCFA (19th in the state).
Peters is ninth in the state individually in all-purpose yards per game (146.6). Lefty sophomore quarterback Cesar Hernandez stands ninth in the state in passing yards per game (266.8). However, Hernandez has been on a sizzling pace since becoming starter in the third game. He is averaging 378.8 yards in the last three games and passed for nine touchdowns in that stretch. In the past two games alone, he totaled 811 passing yards.
On defense, the team isn't among the state leaders, but PCC's top statistical leaders include defensive back Antoine Morris in tackles (38), lineman Pone Faleofa in sacks (3), and both Jarron Williams and Aaron Simpson in interceptions (2 each). Simpson and Morris are products of Pasadena High while Williams is out of Pasadena Muir High. Peters (Carson High), Hernandez (Franklin), and Rodriguez (Jordan) came to PCC from Los Angeles schools.
PCC's top running back James Owens (364 yards) is also a local from Muir High. More than half of PCC's roster (45 players) are players that come from the Pasadena, Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas.
The Lancers and first-year head coach Fred Fimbres hosts the nation's No. 14-ranked Fullerton College Hornets Saturday, October 15 in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--PCC's Wayne Peters is leading the state in pass receptions, image by Richshell Allen.]
Release Date: 10/11/11