News: Up And Down Night For PCC Football In 27-23 Loss To OCC
The Pasadena City College football team looked brilliant at times Saturday night, but big plays turned in by host Orange Coast College made the difference in the Lancers' 27-23, SCFA non-conference loss at LeBard Stadium.
The Lancers led 17-0 late in the first half, fell behind 21-17, then regained the lead, 23-21, on an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Darrian Cazarin to Lucious Hinton with 10:41 left in the game
Orange Coast (1-1) came up with the play of the game when Cazarin was hit by linebacker Frank Chambers and his pass was intercepted by lineman Lear Schrader, who returned it 42 yards to the PCC 4. Robert Murtha's 2-yard TD run would be the winning score for the Pirates.
PCC wouldn't quit, however, as it had one last drive to rally with 2:31 remaining. From the Lancers' 10, Cazarin completed a 24-yard throw to Jake Holguin. A pass interference and a personal foul face mask call were two huge penalties that put the Lancers deep into OCC territory. With eight seconds left at the Pirates' 18, Cazarin rolled out and decided to run but he was forced out of bounds at the 9 as time expired.
Cazarin, a freshman from Alhambra High, completed 26 of 47 passes for 280 yards and two TD throws.
PCC jumped ahead 7-0 on a 2-yard TD pass from Cazarin to Holguin that capped an impressive 18-play, 71-yard drive. The series took eight-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Ricardo Cardenas booted a 32-yard field goal early in the second half. Cazarin scored on a 1-yard keeper and Cardenas' extra point gave PCC a 17-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first half.
Orange Coast would come back thanks to the throwing arm of reserve QB Jon Newsom. The sophomore came off the bench to replace starter Cameron Biedgoly and hit D.J. McFadden for a 36-yard TD strike with a minute left before halftime. Newsom delivered a 29-yard score to McFadden in the third quarter and then a 2-yard touchdown toss to Angel Holmes early in the fourth quarter.
The Lancers defense limited OCC to just 13 yards rushing in 30 attempts. Lineman Dalyou Pierson led the way with seven tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a recovered fumble. Defensive backs Dashon Wade and Evan Alexander each recorded interceptions.
On offense, running back Marciss Grigsby totaled 68 yards in 16 carries and receiver Aries Pihi led 11 different Lancers receivers with five receptions for 37 yards. The Lancers outgained the Pirates in total offensive yards, 391-283.
PCC (0-2) will visit El Camino College next Saturday, Sept. 21 in a 6 p.m. kickoff.
[Photo--Guy Johnson makes a catch during PCC's 27-23 loss at Orange Coast College Saturday night, image courtesy of OCC sports information department.]
Release Date: 09/14/2013