Sports in the News
Football Can't Prevent Ventura's Perfect Season
(VENTURA) – Pasadena City College pushed state No. 3-ranked Ventura College to the brink Saturday night, but two crushing Lancers’ turnovers allowed the Pirates to complete the first perfect regular season in Ventura’s 82-year football history, 27-14.
Ventura moved to 10-0 in capturing the SCFA National Northern Conference title with a 6-0 league mark. Although nearly doubling the Pirates in total offensive yards, 438-234, the Lancers fell to 1-8 and have a nine-game conference losing streak. PCC is 0-5 this year in NNC play despite reaching season highs in total yards, rushing yards (263) and first downs with 24.
After PCC dominated the play in the opening half, controlling the ball for nearly 23 of the 30 minutes, the Lancers led just 14-13. Ventura received a gift touchdown with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. PCC quarterback Zeek Julien rolled out of the pocket and tried to shovel a pass to running back Marciss Grigsby, but the ball never reached the target and was ruled a fumble. Ventura safety Matt Arve scooped up the loose ball and ran it 31 yards for a touchdown.
After Ventura took a 20-14 lead, PCC put itself into scoring position to regain the lead with less than seven minutes remaining. A 42-yard pass from Julien to receiver Mitchell Crockom propelled the Lancers into Ventura territory. PCC then advanced to the 10 on a pass interference penalty. On third-and-goal at the 4, Julien rolled out to his right and lofted a pass that tipped off Crockom’s hands and was intercepted by Ventura’s Scotty Wong in the end zone with 6:04 left.
Ventura marched 11 plays and capped the victory on a 3-yard TD run by Kendall Worth with 1:14 remaining.
PCC sophomore running back Zach Sinclair ran for a Lancers’ season-high 171 yards in 26 carries while Julien impressed with 96 yards rushing in 24 attempts. Julien opened the game’s scoring running in an 11-yard option touchdown carry with 2:09 left in the first quarter. The sophomore Julien completed 14-of-24 passes for 175 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass to Crockom late in the second quarter. Martin Magana’s second extra point kick gave PCC a 14-6 lead with 4:42 left before halftime.
Ventura cut it to 14-13 when second-string, lefty-throwing quarterback Chase Smith avoided three blitzing PCC defenders, raced toward the sideline and hit an uncovered Worth in the end zone for a 16-yard scoring pass. Smith took over for starting QB Ebahn Feathers, who was injured in the second quarter. Smith went on to rush for 97 yards in 14 carries.
With less than five minutes left in the third quarter, The Pirates took the lead for good on a 4-yard TD run by Smith. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith had runs of 24 and 13 yards earlier on the 7-play, 60-yard drive.
Pasadena closes the 2012 season next Saturday, Nov. 10 when it travels to face Bakersfield College at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 4 p.m.
LANCERS GRIDIRON NOTES: For PCC, defensive back Earl Glinton, who has two pickoffs for touchdowns this year, tied Trayvon Watson for the team lead in interceptions with his third in the first quarter...The Lancers were 5-for-6 on fourth-down conversions...Lineman Dalyou Pierson had eight tackles to give him a team-leading 55 this season...Sinclair made a 42-yard rush in the first half that was the longest carry by a running back all season (Julien holds the longest carry by all Lancers with a 49-yard TD run v. Moorpark)...With his two receptions for 36 yards, receiver Jeremiah Andrade took the team lead in catches at 23...PCC could end the season next week without an individual 1,000-yard passer or 500-yard rusher. That hasn't happened since 1967. Julien trails teammate Justin Posthuma in passing at 763 yards to 765 while Grigsby holds the rushing lead at 441 yards.
[Photo--Zach Sinclair rushes for some of his team season-high 171 yards Saturday night in a 27-14 loss at Ventura College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/04/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: email@example.com