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Football Shocks No. 3-Rated Fullerton, 30-20

Football Shocks No. 3-Rated Fullerton, 30-20 image

In his first season at Pasadena City College, Lancers head football coach Fred Fimbres brought his unranked team into SCFA National Southern Conference play Saturday night against the nation's No. 14-ranked and regional No. 3-rated Fullerton College. Suffice to say the rankings are going to change this coming week.

PCC used a ferocious defensive attack that helped force four Fullerton fumbles and limit the Hornets to just 195 yards in a stunning 30-20 victory in front of an estimated 1,100 fans at Robinson Stadium. Pasadena handed Fullerton (5-1) its first loss and won for the first time in a conference game of any kind since 2009. It was the first time that the Lancers beat a nationally ranked team since 2004.

The Lancers (3-3 overall) trailed 20-13 at halftime and lost their second starting quarterback, Cesar Hernandez, to an ankle sprain in the first half. Zeke Julien, third on the depth chart to start the season, entered and spurred a PCC comeback. Julien completed 10 of 17 passes for 80 yards and twice scored on keepers for touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards.

In the third quarter, a shanked Fullerton punt gave PCC great field position at the Hornets' 30-yard line. The Lancers appeared to come out with three points on a 20-yard field goal by Robert Poage, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave PCC the ball on the 1. From there, running back James Owens scored the tying touchdown at 20-20.

Poage, who had not attempted a field goal all season, nearly entered the PCC record books. Poage drilled field goals of 25, 27, and 25 yards and made all three of his extra point kicks. The 20-yard FG that was taken off the scoreboard on the Fullerton penalty would have given him four field goals, which is a PCC record that was originally set and still held by Bob Fry in the 1948 season.

A 22-yard punt return by Wayne Peters again gave the Lancers solid field position at the Fullerton 32. Julien completed passes of 19 yards to Ben Childs and 9 to Owens setting up Poage's third field goal just 42 seconds into the fourth quarter. The three gave Pasadena its first lead at 23-20.

Peters, the state leader in pass receptions, had a banner offensive evening with 206 all-purpose yards. His 67-yard punt return through the middle of the Fullerton special teams once again put PCC in the red zone at the 13. The play set up a 4-yard TD keeper by Julien with 8:48 left that put the game out of reach.

"During our bye week, we told the players that everybody was 0-0 going into conference, so it didn't matter that Fullerton was ranked high," Fimbres said. "We finally played a 60-minute game and the players bought into believing in themselves. We went after their quarterbacks and had great containment. This was a huge win for this program, but even better allows us to be right in the thick of the conference race."

PCC's defense completely shut down Fullerton in the second half, holding the Hornets scoreless. Leading the way was defensive end Pone Faleofa, who made a team best six tackles, including three sacks for a whopping 38 yards lost. He also forced a fumble that fellow lineman Dean Bisterfeldt returned into Fullerton territory in the first quarter. That set up a 1-yard TD plunge by Julien.

Other defensive heroes for PCC were lineman Allen Dixon (four tackles, a forced fumble and three hurries) and Bisterfeldt, who along with his recovery, had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a hurry. Kevin Cramer, a linebacker and one of the team's top special teams players, added four tackles and recovered a pair of fumbles.

On offense, Nick Edmond was a surprising leader in rushing as the converted linebacker totaled 59 yards in 16 carries.

For Fullerton, Daymond Brinson put a defensive show himself with 14 tackles and three sacks.  Taylor Tubotein was Fullerton's big play offensive performer as he ran back the opening kickoff 78 yards for one touchdown and caught a 30-yard TD pass later in the first quarter.

PCC stopped the Hornets to only 57 net rushing yards in 30 attempts, sacking Fullerton quarterbacks five times.The Lancers held the Hornets to just seven points over the final three quarters.

Pasadena next plays at another undefeated team, the region's No. 1-ranked and nation's No. 4-rated Gauchos of Saddleback College (6-0) in Mission Viejo on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

[Photo--Lancer Pone Faleofa (44), a sophomore lineman, puts the tackle on a Hornets' running back during the Lancers' 30-20 win over Fullerton Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
 

Release Date: 10/15/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu