News: Football Can't Sustain After Early Lead, Falls To GWC
There were moments in Saturday night's Pasadena City College football game where the Lancers showed opponent Golden West they meant business. The Lancers grabbed a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter in front of the home fans at Robinson Stadium.
And even after Golden West pulled ahead 24-10, the Lancers were in a position to make the SCFA non-conference contest a one possession game late in the third quarter.
PCC marched into Rustlers' territory on a 28-yard pass by Lancers' second-string quarterback Aaron Mathews to receiver Jake Holguin. With PCC at the GWC 26-yard line and building momentum, the Lancers fortunes turned for the worse. Mathews forced a pass downfield that was intercepted by Golden West linebacker Kyle Haley near the end zone, ending Pasadena's opportunity.
Golden West would go on to score three straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter and send the winless Lancers to a 45-10 defeat. PCC is 0-6 overall while Golden West improved to 5-1.
The Lancers took one of their few leads of the season in the second quarter. First, PCC defensive back Andre Taylor blocked a Golden West punt that forced the ball out of the end zone for a 2-point safety with just 18 seconds left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing offensive series following a free kick, PCC starting quarterback Darrian Cazarin raced 32 yards for a first down deep in Rustlers' territory. Running back Marciss Grigsby followed with a 9-yard touchdown run. Third-string quarterback Darius Robinson ran a bootleg for a 2-point conversion run that gave the Lancers a 10-7 lead 2:39 into the second quarter.
All season, the Lancers have run into talented opposing quarterbacks and this game was no different as Golden West signal caller Chris d'Entremont put on a show. D'Entremont completed 24 of 35 passes for 312 yards, passed for two touchdowns and ran for two others. Kicker Peter Marquez also was outstanding with the longest field goal in Robinson Stadium history of 52 yards, six extra points, and four touchbacks on long kickoffs.
PCC's defense was paced again by lineman Dalyou Pierson, who recorded two more sacks, giving him 9.5 on the season. He's only five shy of breaking the school's single-season sack record of 14 set by PCC Sports Hall of Famer Curtis Seagrove in 1966.
Other top Lancers' defensive performances were turned in by lineman Serge Vita, who made five tackles, forced and recovered a fumble, and had two quarterback hurries, and by lineman Edward Jahnke, who totaled five tackles, recovered a fumble, and deflected a pass. Lineman Craig Settles picked up a sack and forced a fumble. Defensive back Austin Alexander led the team with nine tackles.
PCC's offense mostly struggled as it was able to only convert 1-for-13 on third down conversions. The Lancers held the ball on offense for 11 plus minutes in the third quarter and did not score in the period. The team was whistled for 105 yards on 12 penalties.
The Lancers return to SCFA National Northern Conference play next Saturday, October 19 in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Moorpark College.
[Photo--Marciss Grigsby rolls into the end zone for PCC's only touchdown Saturday in its loss to Golden West, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/12/2013