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Football Again Keeps Mt. SAC Close In Season Finale

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It doesn't seem to matter the differences between the Mt. San Antonio and Pasadena City College football teams. On Saturday night at the PCC Homecoming Game, the Lancers again put the fear in the Mounties, taking a 14-10 lead in the third quarter. While Mt. SAC prevailed, 27-14, the Lancers made the No. 8 team in the nation sweat it out before 1,000-plus fans at Robinson Stadium.

The Lancers have been within striking distance in each of the last three seasons in their contests against a Mt. SAC program that won the 2009 and 2010 state titles, and finished this year's regular season as the National Southern Conference champions at 9-1 overall. In 2009, PCC was stopped on a last-minute drive in a 35-30 loss, then saw the Mounties kick a last-second field goal for a 33-30 win in last year's conference finale.

Pasadena (3-7) finished the season on a four-game losing streak and ended 1-4 in the NSC after a huge upset victory over Fullerton in the conference opener. PCC's go-hard-for-60 minutes approach by first-year head coach Fred Fimbres took hold in limiting the Mounties in the season final. Mt. SAC only held a total offense yards edge of 397-327 as both teams totaled 21 first downs and controlled the time of possession evenly (30 minutes each).

Lefty sophomore quarterback Cesar Hernandez was at the starting helm and gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he hit wide receiver Jose Rodriguez across the middle for a 19-yard TD pass 2:46 into the second half. The score and Jose Gonzalez's second extra point kick gave PCC the lead at 14-10.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, four interceptions by the Mt. SAC secondary and the power rushing of Christian Bobo sent PCC to defeat. Bobo carried 18 times for 146 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. On that play, Bobo broke through five PCC tacklers on the way to the end zone. Bobo had earlier given the Mounties a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard scoring scamper.

PCC sophomore wide receiver Wayne Peters pulled in a 6-yard TD catch from Hernandez in the second quarter. Peters became the second Pasadena receiver to lead the state in pass receptions in the past five seasons. NFL Baltimore Raven David Reed led PCC and the state in 2007 when he set a national record for receiving with 111 receptions in 10 games. Peters, who put together the second highest pass-catching total in school history, finished with 81 catches this year. He had 11 receptions for 102 yards v. Mt. SAC.

PCC receiver Ian Hamilton also had a big game with eight catches for 125 yards. Hernandez had a busy evening in completing 31 of 53 passes for 324 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Mike Sepulveda made 11 tackles while defensive back Jarron Williams (Muir High) added 10 tackles. PCC's secondary broke up six passes, including two each by Cory Clarke and Emmanuel Charles. Williams overtook Antoine Morris for the PCC tackle title with 69.

[Photo--Jose Rodriguez pulls in this touchdown catch during PCC's 27-14 loss to Mt. San Antonio Saturday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/13/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu