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Football Drops To 0-2 With 27-10 Loss To Orange Coast
For the second straight game, the Pasadena City College football team continued a habit of too many penalties combined with an inability to cash in on offensive opportunities. Orange Coast College ruined the Lancers' home opener, 27-10, in a SCFA non-conference game at Robinson Stadium Saturday evening.
The Lancers (0-2) were whistled for 15 penalties for 169 yards, giving the team a whopping 312 yards in penalties after two games.
PCC (0-2) played without first-game starting quarterback Justin Posthuma (unavailable with an undisclosed injury) as sophomore Zeek Julien handled the signal caller duties v. OCC. Julien, who started several games last year, was often hurried (six times) by a relentless Pirates' pass rush that also sacked him twice. He completed 12 of 27 passes for 137 yards.
Julien scored the Lancers' lone touchdown on a perfectly called bootleg, trotting in from three yards out with 7:31 left in the second quarter. As they did in last week's season-opening loss to Citrus, the Lancers grabbed a lead at 7-3. Julien's 25-yard pass to receiver Chetachi Jackson was the biggest gain on a 10-play, 67-yard drive.
PCC appeared that it would go into halftime with that advantage, but instead things unraveled in the last few minutes of the second quarter. Orange Coast drove nine plays and 76 yards capped by a 28-yard TD pass from quarterback Jon Newsom to running back Buzzy Yokoyama. An extra point by Jackson Dionne gave OCC a 10-7 lead with 1:07 left in the half.
The Lancers went three plays and out on their next series, but a shanked 13-yard punt gave OCC the ball in PCC territory at the 41-yard line. With only 12 seconds left in the period, the Pirates completed a short pass, called a timeout, then Dionne drilled a 49-yard field goal as the half expired to make it 13-7. Dionne, the great nephew of Los Angeles Kings' hockey great Marcel Dionne, earlier booted a 43-yard field goal.
Lancers' freshman wide receiver Tairen Owens (Muir High) ran back the second-half kickoff 55 yards to the OCC 45, but PCC surrendered the ball after three straight plays for no yards. A few minutes later, sophomore defensive back Keiton Winston intercepted a Newsom pass in the end zone and returned it 69 yards deep into OCC territory. This time, the Lancers moved the ball to the 5, only to see Julien fumble on a 4th-and-2 opportunity, preserving Orange Coast's lead.
PCC cut it to 13-10 on a 28-yard FG by Martin Magana with 2:39 left in the third quarter. On that series, more Pasadena mistakes killed a drive that entered the red zone. A 24-yard pass from Julien to Jackson and a 10-yard run by running back Zander Anding gave PCC a golden opportunity at the OCC 2. But a 4-yard loss tagged to Anding on a missed block was followed by a 5-yard false start penalty. Two Julien incompletions forced the Lancers into settling for three points instead of regaining the lead.
Once again, PCC received great field position when lineman Gus Ferrat recovered a fumble at the OCC 32. The Lancers' offense moved the ball five yards, failing on a short pass completion on fourth down to end that series.
The Pirates (1-1 record) dominated the fourth quarter scoring on TD runs of 12 yards by Robert Penny and 17 yards by Graeme Fraser. PCC lineman Deion Steppes blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Dionne (see photo) for the final Lancers' highlight.
Overall, PCC showed an improvement in the running game. Freshman rusher Marciss Grigsby totaled 70 yards in 14 carries while Anding, a top prospect from Burroughs High, gained 63 yards in 20 attempts. The Lancers netted 167 yards in 48 carries. Jackson, who tallied 113 all-purpose yards, led PCC in receiving on six catches for 75 yards.
The Lancers made 5-for-18 on third down conversions (8-for-30 this season) and failed on all three fourth down attempts (0-for-7).
Pasadena will try to get into the win column next Saturday, Sept. 15 when it faces El Camino College in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Robinson Stadium. The Warriors are also 0-2 after losing to Allan Hancock, 33-20.
PCC Gridiron Notes: The PCC defense was paced by nine tackles each from linebackers Javon McElroy-Bradford and Darius Andrus and eight by fellow sophomore LB Mike Sepulveda...Manny Meza had an up and down punting day that included a booming 55-yard kick...Zach Sinclair ran for 28 yards in three attempts on the game's final series.
[Photo--Deion Steppes (68) blocks an Orange Coast field goal attempt during the Lancers' 27-10 loss at Robinson Stadium Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/09/12