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Late First-Half Fumble Changes Momentum As Football Falls At COC, 36-14

Late First-Half Fumble Changes Momentum As Football Falls At COC, 36-14 image

For nearly the first 30 minutes of its SCFA National Northern Conference opener Saturday, the Pasadena City College football team had played its best defensive half of the 2012 season while keeping host College of the Canyons in near sleep mode with a slim 3-0 lead.

With 40 seconds left in the half, the Lancers received a Canyons punt and held the ball at their own 20 yard-line. As the road team, PCC might have been content with just taking a quarterback kneel and letting the final seconds tick off into intermission. Instead, Pasadena called a running play, one that resulted in a missed block and a hard hit of running back Cameron Washington, who fumbled with COC recovering at the 17.

The turnover was cashed in on a Ryan Kasdorf to Dan Vear 17-yard TD pass with 27 seconds left in the half as Canyons took a 7-3 lead. The momentum and lead switch sparked COC and took the confidence out of the Lancers who went on to lose their fourth straight contest, 36-14. Pasadena hasn't won a game since its National Southern Conference opener v. Fullerton in week No. 6 last year as its overall program losing streak stands at eight games.

PCC has the distinction of being the losing team during the first victory of the season for each of its four opponents. That won't happen a fifth time as the Lancers host Cerritos College, a 1-2 team that took it's bye this week, on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff at Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.  Long Beach, El Camino College Compton Center, and Los Angeles Valley are the only other teams that are winless in the SCFA.

For the second straight week, kicker Martin Magana booted a pair of field goals, hitting from 35 and 36 yards v. Canyons. Also for the second game in a row, Fimbres replaced starting quarterback Justin Posthuma in favor of reserve sophomore Zeek Julien. Posthuma struggled, completing 10 of 24 passes for a meek 73 yards and two interceptions.

Julien's numbers weren't all that better in the air, but the backup used his running skills and produced PCC's lone touchdown. Julien completed 10 of 18 attempts for 64 yards, and found fullback Kevin Tapia (South Pasadena High) for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:12 left in the game. Marciss Grigsby added a 2-point conversion run. Julien, who earlier ran for a first down on a fake punt, totaled 40 rushing yards in seven carries.

Pasadena's rushing game has improved since last season. The Lancers amassed 174 yards on the ground v. COC in 42 attempts. Zander Anding (Burroughs High) led the way with 85 yards in 18 carries. Grigsby added 38 yards in seven attempts.

The team's big play player, wide receiver Tairen Owens (Muir High), totaled 101 all-purpose yards, including a 29-yard reception and a 49-yard kick return. Defensively, the team blocked two extra points and linebacker Darius Andrus had a modest six tackles with one pass break-up to lead all Lancers' defenders.

For Canyons, Kasdorf completed 18 of 32 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also carried for a 6-yard TD.

[Photo--Zander Anding carries the ball upfield during the Lancers' 36-14 loss at College of the Canyons Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 09/23/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu