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Last-Minute TD Spoils Football Rally; Lancers Lose To Hancock, 49-42

Last-Minute TD Spoils Football Rally; Lancers Lose To Hancock, 49-42 image

It would have gone down as one of the greatest comebacks in Pasadena City College football history. Instead, the Lancers' amazing rally from down 29-6 late in the second quarter became a footnote when Allan Hancock receiver Nick Shellow caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone from quarterback Brandon Jeffries with 23 seconds left. The Hancock TD sent PCC to defeat, 49-42, Saturday in the Lancers' final home game at Robinson Stadium this season.

PCC fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in SCFA National Northern Conference play. The Lancers have lost seven straight games at home dating back to last year. Hancock (5-2, 2-1 in conference) featured one of the finest running performances in California Community College history by state rushing leader Cameron Artis-Payne. The 6-foot, 211-pound running back netted 351 yards in 32 carries and four touchdowns.

Artis-Payne established a new Robinson Stadium record, a new SCFA record, and was only two yards shy of PCC's school record as well as an old Mission Conference record of 353 yards turned in by PCC Sports Hall of Famer Jonathan Smith in 2001. Artis-Payne ran for touchdown carries of 52, 1, 63 and 1 yards. Artis-Payne had 266 rushing yards by halftime.

With Hancock in complete control at 29-6, the Lancers mounted a 9-play, 87-yard drive capped by a 3-yard TD run by running back Marciss Grigsby with 49 seconds left in the second quarter. Kicker Martin Magana, who earlier booted field goals of 26 and 23 yards, made the first of his four extra point attempts to cut it to 29-13.

On the final play of the first half, Jeffries lofted a short pass headed for the end zone, but Lancers' defensive back Earl Glinton (Crenshaw High) cut in front of the Bulldogs receiver and raced 99 yards on an interception return for a touchdown. The Lancers had cut it to 29-20.

After Hancock increased its lead to 35-20, PCC responded on a 1-yard TD sneak by quarterback Zeek Julien. Zach Sinclair ran in the 2-point conversion run to slice the Bulldogs' lead to seven, 35-28, with 2:36 left in the third quarter. The score finished off a 16-play, 65-yard drive by the Lancers.

Artis-Payne's fourth TD gave Hancock a 41-28 lead with 4:29 left in the game. The Lancers wouldn't be fazed as Julien hit Jeremiah Andrade for a 15-yard aeriel score with 1:58 left. Down 41-35, Magana executed a successful onside kick that cleared the heads of the Hancock up men before PCC special teams player Arthur Williams recovered the free ball on the Hancock 37.

Julien followed four plays later with a 13-yard TD strike to receiver Chaz Fuery (Maranatha High). Magana's extra point gave PCC the lead, 42-41, with 1:13 remaining.

On the ensuing kickoff Magana (Lincoln High) booted it to the Hancock end zone, but returner Bobby Collins followed some blocks and raced 55 yards to the Pasadena 45. Jeffries completed four straight passes, including the winning TD.

On the final possession, PCC still wouldn't quit as Julien completed 17-yard pass to Fuery, who fumbled as teammate Chetachi Jackson advanced the ball another 13 yards to the AHC 27. Julien raced out of the pocket one last time, but his desperation pass was overthrown in the end zone as time ran out.

Julien had a big performance as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 156 yards (two touchdowns) and ran for 74 yards in 17 carries (one TD). Grigsby, a freshman from Hamilton High, gained 102 yards in 16 carries, but was injured in the third quarter and didn't return. Sinclair contributed 124 all-purpose yards, including a 49-yard kick return and 67 yards on the ground. Jackson, a freshman wide receiver from West Adams Prep, led the Lancers in receptions with six for 43 yards.

Punter Manny Meza kicked three booming punts for a 54.7 yards average, including a long of 60. Defensive back Trayvon Watson (also from West Adams Prep) led the Lancers with nine tackles and one forced fumble. Sophomore cornerback Keyon Austin added three tackles, a breakup and a recovered fumble.

The game featured 964 total yards offense and an additional 337 yards in returns. PCC totaled 409 yards offense, a season-high 253 on the ground in 55 carries, and another season high with 23 first downs. The Lancers were a perfect 6-for-6 scoring on red zone chances and 8-for-15 on third down conversions. The 42 points were a team season high as well.

The Lancers, who have had a rash of injuries, learned that top all-purpose wide receiver and returner Tairen Owens (Muir High) will be lost the rest of the season due to an unspecified shoulder injury. Owens was injured in the team's 17-9 win over Golden West on October 6.

PCC will be off next week for its SCFA bye and then return to action Saturday, Nov. 3 when they travel to face Ventura College. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

[Photo--Marciss Grigsby (28) breaks free into the end zone for a touchdown during the Lancers' 49-42 loss to Allan Hancock in their home finale Saturday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 10/20/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu