News: Football Ends NNC Losing Streak, Edges Hancock, 19-17
(Santa Maria) -- It took the biggest defensive play of the season to take the monkey off the back of the 2013 Pasadena City College football team Saturday. With 1:18 left in the game, defensive back Dashon Wade hit Allan Hancock's Joel Enriquez just two yards short of the Lancers' end zone at the end of a 30-yard pass and run play. Wade recovered the ensuing fumble as PCC clinched a hard-fought, 19-17 victory at Righetti High.
The Lancers ended a 7-game losing streak this season, an 11-game on field losing streak dating back to last year, and a 13-game SCFA National Northern Conference losing string that dated back to 2011.
After the final whistle, the Lancers players dunked head coach Fred Fimbres with the contents of a gatorade jug in one of the few times in a long while that both players and coaches were able to celebrate a triumph.
"The freshmen didn't know what a win was until tonight, and the returning sophomores probably forgot the last time they got to leave a field victorious," Fimbres said. "We really earned this win, and we still needed a big play to not let it get away from us. We did good things on both sides of the ball, and I felt our defense was the biggest factor. We refused to let Hancock manhandle us. We pressured the quarterback, and we stopped them from making third down conversions."
PCC outgained Hancock on total yards, 377-354, and limited the Bulldogs to only four third-down conversions out of 15 opportunities.
The Lancers didn't take the lead for good until Ricardo Cardenas booted an 18-yard field goal with 6:31 left to play. The kick capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive for PCC highlighted by pass completions from quarterback Darrian Cazarin of 14 and 11 yards to receiver Marcus Green and a 33-yard throw to wide out Aries Pihi.
In the first half, PCC put togeher an impressive 20-play, 69-yard series that lasted 8 minutes, 24 seconds, but had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Brian Sanchez. After Hancock took a 7-3 lead, the Lancers grabbed a 10-7 halftime lead when Cazarin's wounded duck throw fooled everyone but wide receiver Jake Holguin, who made a circus 33-yard touchdown catch with 1:16 left in the second quarter.
With 6:13 to go in the third quarter, Pasadena upped its lead to 16-7 on a nifty 12-yard TD run by Travion Boykins. Hancock, though, would come back with a field goal and then a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback Anthony Maez to receiver Shane Henderson, who made a spin move and deke to get through the final defenders and into the end zone. Marcus Uribe's extra point gave the Bulldogs a 17-16 lead just 2:29 into the fourth quarter.
On the final Hancock series, the Bulldogs entered PCC territory on three straight first-down passes by Maez and then a 17-yard run by the signal caller. He completed another throw to Enriquez, who raced down the sideline before Wade made his heroic game-saving play.
It capped a dominating defensive performance by Wade, who made a Lancers' season-high 17 tackles (11 solo). Lineman Dalyou Pierson added six tackles, and upped his sack total into double digits at 10.5 with his 10-yard takedown of Maez in the third quarter. Frank Denegal defended the pass well with three breakups (and four tackles).
On offense, Cazarin completed 17 of 33 passes for 232 yards and added 28 net yards rushing. Kitlo Meme led the Lancers in rushing for the second straight week with 69 yards in 16 carries while Boykins added 44 yards in five attempts.
The Lancers will take their bye week this coming Saturday before returning to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when they face Ventura College in the Homecoming game. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Jake Holguin makes a leaping catch in the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of PCC's win over Allan Hancock at Santa Maria's Righetti High Saturday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/26/2013