News: First Half Deficit Too Much For PCC Football
Citrus College put the Pasadena City College football team in a large hole Saturday in taking a 24-0 halftime lead. The Lancers found their offensive rhythm in the second half, but it wasn't enough in a 34-21, season-opening loss in front of an estimated 1,000-plus fans at Robinson Stadium.
Citrus quarterback Larry Cutbirth was too hard to contain for the Lancers in an all Owls' first quarter. Cutbirth passed for touchdowns of 9 yards to Brayton Newton and 15 yards to Justin Williams and added a 61-yard TD option play. His 236 total offensive yards proved to be more than PCC's entire offensive output of 222 yards.
PCC freshman quarterback Darrian Cazarin overcame a slow start and delivered TD passes of 13 yards to Jake Holguin in the third quarter and 21 yards to Reggie Williams in the fourth period. Cazarin, who completed 24 of 40 attempts for 206 yards, added a 5-yard scoring run with 18 seconds left in the game.
While the Lancers' defense shut down Citrus in the second half, the special teams allowed a 72-yard TD punt return to Citrus' Justin Martin late in the third quarter.
PCC's rushing game was limited to just 16 net yards in 33 attempts. Cazarin was sacked seven times by Citrus.
Cazarin completed passes to nine different Lancers receivers, including six for only 20 yards to J. Turner Jackson. Williams made four receptions for 52 yards and Guy Johnson added four catches for 45. PCC lacked big plays with a 28-yard pass from Cazarin to Holguin being the longest.
PCC punter Kitlo Meme had a busy evening with eight punts for a 38.1 yards average.
On defense, sophomore linebacker Javon McElroy-Bradford made six tackles and forced a fumble. All-National Northern Conference returner and lineman Dalyou Pierson added six tackles, including a sack, while sophomore lineman Jonathan White chipped in six tackles. Frosh defensive back Dashon Wade was the secondary's most productive player on five tackles, a recovered fumble, and one pass break-up.
The Lancers unveiled new home cardinal and gold uniforms and head coach Fred Fimbres presented an old-school look in wearing a white short-sleeve button down dress shirt and a tie.
Next Saturday, Sept. 14, PCC visits Orange Coast College in a 7 p.m. kickoff at LeBard Stadium.
[Photo--Lancer Dashon Wade makes a tackle during PCC's season-opening loss to Citrus Saturday at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/08/2013