News: El Camino Hands Football Its 3rd Straight Defeat, 46-27
While the Pasadena City College football team continued its growing pains, the Lancers received some strong individual performances in a 46-27, SCFA non-conference loss to El Camino College Saturday night at Robinson Stadium.
The Lancers (0-3) scored touchdowns on a 30-yard interception return by defensive back Earl Glinton (Crenshaw High), a nifty 31-yard run by Zach Sinclair, and a 5-yard scamper by Marciss Grigsby (Hamilton High).
PCC's M&M kicking duo had big nights as kicker Martin Magana (Lincoln High) drilled field goals of 37 and 39 yards and added two extra points. Punter Manny Meza (Sante Fe HS) was outstanding with a 46-yard average on six punts, including a long of 54 and two that went 52 yards. The second 52-yard boot was downed at the El Camino 2 yard-line.
Another special teams star was lineman Craig Settles (Glendale Hoover High), who twice blocked extra point attempts by El Camino kicker Cody Thornton. Settles added five tackles and PCC's only sack. Lineman Dalyou Pierson was perhaps the Lancers' top defensive player with eight tackles and two quarterback hurries.
Tairen Owens totaled 196 yards in all-purpose yardage, including three receptions for 133 yards. Owens (Muir High) turned in a 70-yard catch and run that set up Magana's first field goal in the second quarter.
Justin Posthuma, who made the cover of the 2012 football media guide, struggled in his return start after missing last week due to injury. Posthuma completed only five of 18 passes for 154 yards and was intercepted once. Zeek Julien, who had an ineffective start in last week's 27-10 loss to Orange Coast, helped lead PCC to a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Julien finished 8-for-11 for 87 yards, including a 39-yard strike to tight end Lance Tongakilo.
Grigsby led the Lancers in rushing for the second straight week, gaining 80 yards in 15 carries. Chetachi Jackson ran back a kickoff 50 yards in yet another solid special teams play, PCC's strongest area in the game.
El Camino jumped out to an 18-6 lead sparked by a a 63-yard TD pass from Jesse Scroggins to Kenneth Holmes with 1:40 left in the first half. Warriors' running back Terrell Dolberry rushed for touchdowns of 29 and 13 yards. Holmes later scored his second TD on a 33-yard pass by ECC's starting QB Nicholas King.
Pasadena will begin SCFA National Northern Conference play next Saturday, Sept. 22 when the Lancers visit College of the Canyons. Kick-off is 7 p.m.
"We continue to make rookie mistakes," said PCC head coach Fred Fimbres. "We have barely 10 sophomores playing along side 70 freshmen. We're just very young and it shows against teams that have mostly sophomores making big plays against us. My job right now along with my staff is to get these kids to grow up over the next seven games. Things are going to get tougher entering conference."
PCC Gridiron Notes: Fans watched the game in 100-degree-plus conditions...The program is currently in the midst of a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season...PCC's troubles on third down conversions continued v. El Camino. PCC failed on its first 11 chances before finally gaining a first down on its last third-down opportunity late in the fourth quarter. In three games, Pasadena has a mediocre 21 percent efficiency on third down attempts (9-for-42) while opponents have converted 50 percent of the time (21-of-42)...The Lancers, however, were 2-for-2 on fourth down conversions v. the Warriors.
[Photo--Zeek Julien, who is also a PCC quarterback, makes a special teams tackle on an El Camino punt return during the Lancers' 46-27 loss Saturday night at PCC, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/15/2012