News: National Pre-Season Ranking (No. 27) For PCC Football
After last having a winning season in 2008, the Pasadena City College football team is looking to top the .500 mark this year under third-year head coach Fred Fimbres. The JCGridiron.com Dirty Thirty Juco Rankings are also banking on a winning season for the Lancers in placing them No. 27 on their national pre-season poll.
It's the first time that the Lancers have been nationally ranked in the eight years of the Dirty Thirty, which includes NJCAA and California Community College teams. PCC last made a national ranking when it was No. 22 on the final 2002 JC Grid-Wire poll, a year in which the Lancers finished 8-3 and were participants in the Potato Bowl.
Among Southern California Football Association (SCFA) affiliated teams, the Lancers are eighth on the Dirty Thirty with Riverside City College topping that group at No. 2. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is the nation's pre-season No. 1 squad.
"I'd like to think we have the talent and capability to be a winner this season," said Fimbres, who was thrilled with the news of the ranking. "We had a number of crushing injuries last year to so many key players, and it seemed like we couldn't go two straight games without someone going down. We played better in the last three weeks, but we happen to be in arguably the toughest division in the SCFA--the National Northern Conference."
PCC finished 2-8 (picking up a forfeit win from vacated state champion Bakersfield) last year, but in the two-year shuffle of freshmen-sophomores in community college football, programs can turn around quickly.
Dirty Thirty Juco Rankings Pre-Season poll at this link: http://jcgridiron.rivals.com/viewrankhs.asp?ra_key=940&Year=2013
The Lancers open the 2013 season on September 7 by hosting 210-freeway rival Citrus College. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium. The complete PCC 2013 schedule follows:
PCC FOOTBALL 2013 SCHEDULE
*-SCFA National Northern Conference games
[File Photo--Fred Fimbres talks to his Lancers after a 2012 contest.]
Release Date: 08/06/2013