Football Overpowered by Canyons In NNC Opener
In the history of Pasadena City College football, the Lancers have faced 53 California Community College opponents. PCC has beaten all of them, but one. College of the Canyons continued to be that elusive combatant as the Cougars moved to 6-0 in their all-time series v. the Lancers with a resounding 54-10 triumph at Robinson Stadium Saturday night.
In the SCFA National Northern Conference opener for both teams, PCC stayed winless at 0-4 while the regionally-ranked No. 7 Canyons improved to 3-1.
The Cougars amassed 32 first downs and totaled 530 offensive yards. COC quarterback Jake Dashnaw completed 15 of 20 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns and added a 12-yard scoring run.
PCC led briefly 3-0 on a 38-yard field goal by Ricardo Cardenas 5:10 into the game. Marcus Green later hauled in a 28-yard TD pass from QB Darrian Cazarin in the third quarter for the Lancers lone trip to the end zone.
On defense, Pasadena sophomore lineman Dalyou Pierson made three sacks and forced a fumble and Craig Settles added two sacks. Pierson has six sacks this season in four games. Defensive back Rodon Ogilvie and linebacker Ray Torres each had seven tackles to tie for team-high honors. Defensive back Austin Alexander blocked an extra point.
A 53-yard interception return by Cory Harris on a short pass by Cazarin gave Canyons a 20-3 lead with less than a minute left in the opening quarter. The play took the wind out of the Lancers' sails as COC controlled things from that point forward.
Offensively, PCC running back Marciss Grigsby carried 11 times for 94 yards. Receiver J. Turner Jackson caught four passes for 22 yards, but totaled 189 all-purpose yards overall thanks to five kick returns. The longest was a 42-yard return.
The Lancers travel to face Cerritos College next Saturday, October 5 in a 7 p.m. conference contest.
[Photo--Lancer J. Turner Jackson returns a kick during PCC's game Saturday night at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]