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Quarterback Thin, Football Falls To Grossmont

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The Pasadena City College football team is running out of quarterbacks in trying to finish out the 2011 season. The Lancers were forced to go to their fourth-string signal caller in the second quarter Saturday night with yet another injury to a starting QB. From the point third-stringer and current starter Zeek Julien injured an ankle, visiting Grossmont College took advantage of the situation and went on to dominate the Lancers, 42-13, in a SCFA National Southern Conference game at Robinson Stadium.

PCC lost its third straight conference game and saw its record drop to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in NSC play.

Julien completed touchdown throws of 9 yards to state receptions leader Wayne Peters in the first quarter, then ran out of the pocket to hit a streaking Jose Rodriguez for a 68-yard TD bomb in the second period. The Lancers led 13-7, but with Julien later injured on a running play on the next series, Grossmont scored 35 unanswered points over the final three quarters.

Grossmont (4-5, 2-2 in NSC play) was led by quarterback Mike Karls, who launched four TD passes of 26 and 11 yards to Tim Patrick, 31 yards to Alex Wolf, and 18 yards to Joshua Bell. The Griffins outgained PCC in total offense, 515 yards to the Lancers' season-low 197, including a 29-13 first downs edge.

With original second-string quarterback Cesar Hernandez unavailable with a knee injury and original first-string QB Justin Posthuma out for the season, PCC Head Coach Fred Fimbres turned to raw freshman Leonardo Vaal, a 6-foot-1 quarterback from Garfield High, to replace Julien. Vaal had a rough night, completing just 4 of 25 passes for 37 yards (Julien was 6-for-8 for 95 yards in his brief action). Vaal did not take snaps in practices this past week, which contributed to his debut troubles.

PCC punter Robert Poage had a busy evening, punting 10 times for a 36.5 yards average, including a long of 48 yards. Three of his kicks landed inside the 20.

Pasadena's defense received a strong effort from defensive back Jarron Williams, who made 13 tackles, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. Linebacker Brian Luna added 10 tackles and sophomore defensive lineman Pone Faleofa picked up his team-leading ninth sack.

The Lancers finish the year with their annual Homecoming Game next Saturday, Nov. 12 against Mt. San Antonio College. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.

[Photo--Zeek Julien, seen here handing a ball off to running back Dustin Kalai last week against Palomar, became the third PCC quarterback to leave a home game due to injury on Saturday night against Grossmont, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/05/11
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