Pasadena took the opening kickoff and drove down the field, taking a 7-0 lead when Caleb Fore threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison just 3:15 into the game. Saddleback answered with a quick, 6-play drive of its own, tying the game when Reilly threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Tavaurus Abram, and less than five minutes into the game both teams were on the scoreboard and it looked like a shootout was to come.
But from that point on, it was all Saddleback. The momentum turned moments later when Chris Connolly knocked the ball out of the hands of Pasadena's Devance Harris and Matt Reza recovered the fumble at the Lancer 27. Three plays later, Chris Pierce scored on an 18-yard run to give Saddleback a lead it would hold the rest of the game.
The Saddleback defense forced a Pasadena punt, and then the Gauchos made it 17-7 on a 39-yard field goal by Michael Frisina with 3:22 left in the first quarter. Then early in the second quarter, Pasadena drove deep into Saddleback territory, but Temeni Brewster intercepted a Fore pass at the goal line and returned it to the 34. That led to an 11-play, 66-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard scoring run by Julian Williams, that pushed Saddleback's lead to 24-7. Frisina added a 27-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the first half to make it 27-7 at the break.
In the third quarter, the defenses dominated and neither team scored. Pasadena drove to the Saddleback 9 on its first drive of the second half, but Andrew Douglass intercepted a Fore pass at the Gaucho 7 to thwart that opportunity. Saddleback drove to the Pasadena 24 late in the quarter, but came away empty when Frisina missed a 41-yard field goal in the final minute, keeping the score 27-7.
Saddleback got a Frisina field goal on its next drive, however, stretching the lead to 30-7 and pretty much putting the game out of reach. The Gauchos got one more score, however, when Timmy Smith intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 4:37 left to close out the scoring and make it 37-7.
For Saddleback, Reilly completed 20 of 32 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Pierce led all rushers with 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and he also had 5 catches for 66 yards. Abram led Gaucho receivers with 6 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps most importantly, however, were Saddleback's capitalizing on its chances (2 touchdowns and 2 field goals in 4 red zone opportunities) and the turnover tally, which favored Saddleback, 4-0.
For Pasadena, Fore went 12 for 20 for 130 yards and a touchdown, but also had 2 interceptions, both inside the Saddleback 10. Fore also led the Lancers with 59 yards rushing on 14 carries (70 yards on 12 carries if sacks are subtracted out). Harrison not only scored Pasadena's only touchdown but also led the Lancers with 6 catches for 75 yards.
The win keeps Saddleback tied with Mt. SAC and Fullerton atop the rugged National-South. The Gauchos host the #1-ranked Mounties next Saturday at 6 pm. Pasadena, which started the season 4-0, falls to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play heading into its game next Saturday at home against Palomar.
Saddleback Gauchos 37
Pasadena Lancers 7
Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 6 pm @ Robinson Stadium, Pasadena
National Divison - Southern Conference
P - Harrison 43 yd pass from Fore (Gonzalez kick) 11:45 (0-7)
S - Abram 33 yd pass from Reilly (Frisina kick) 10:02 (7-7)
S - Pierce 18 yd run (Frisina kick) 7:59 (14-7)
S - FG Frisina 39 yds 3:22 (17-7)
S - Jul.Williams 1 yd run (Frisina kick) 9:02 (24-7)
S - FG Frisina 27 yds 1:01 (27-7)
S - FG Frisina 40 yds 11:14 (30-7)
S - T.Smith 50 yd interception return (Frisina kick) 4:37 (37-7)
First Downs: Pasadena 19 (9 rush, 8 pass, 2 penalty), Saddleback 24 (11 rush, 9 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Pasadena 31-140, Saddleback 42-166
Passing Yds: Pasadena 172, Saddleback 242
Comp-Att-Int: Pasadena 12-33-3, Saddleback 20-34-0
Return Yds: Pasadena 157, Saddleback 144
Sacks-Yds: Pasadena 2-15, Saddleback 2-11
Fumbles-Lost: Pasadena 2-1, Saddleback 1-0
Penalties-Yds: Pasadena 12-118, Saddleback 10-76
Time of Possession: Pasadena 27:28, Saddleback 32:32
Rushing: P 12-Fore 14-59, 3-D.Robinson 5-35, 30-Spears 7-29, 1-Harrison 2-11, 10-Niumatalolo 1-3, 31-Johnson 1-2, 23-Thomas 1-1; S 32-Pierce 17-82, 36-Campana 5-39, 15-Woodland 4-22, 8-Akiba 3-14, 10-Jul.Williams 4-9, 43-Johnston 1-6, 33-Lawson 1-3, 11-Abram 2-0, 14-Reilly 4-(-7), team 1-(-2)
Passing: P 12-Fore 12-20-2-130, 1 TD; 17-Coughlin 5-11-1-42; 51-Varela 0-1-0-0; team 0-1-0-0; S 14-Reilly 20-32-0-242, 1 TD; 7-Curtis 0-1-0-0; 10-Jul.Williams 0-1-0-0
Receiving: P 1-Harrison 6-75, 15-Harris 4-58, 23-Thomas 3-8, 4-Bateman 2-21, 3-D.Robinson 2-10; S 11-Abram 6-75, 32-Pierce 5-66, 36-Campana 3-12, 1-Belardes 2-33, 15-Woodland 2-20, 85-Schick 1-31, 10-Jul.Williams 1-5
Interceptions-Ret Yds: P none; S 21-T.Smith 1-50, 2-Brewster 1-34, 52-Douglass 1-13
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: P none; S 26-Reza 1-0 (forced by 56-Connolly)
Sacks: P 99-Tua'au, 2-C.Robinson ½, 94-Tua ½, S 23-Stevenson, 90-Lindeman
Punters: P 16-Gonzalez 4-43.0 avg; 51-Varela 1-40; S 95-Rowland 2-48.0 avg
Kick Returns: P 30-Spears 4-85, 4-Bateman 2-39, 3-D.Robinson 1-22; S 21-T.Smith 1-31
Punt Returns: P 23-Thomas 1-11; S 21-T.Smith 2-16
Missed FG: P 16-Gonzalez 40 yds (blocked); S 13-Frisina 41 yds (wide right)
Notes: Saddleback entered 5-1, 1-0 in conference, #3 in South and #8 in the nation (JCGW); Pasasdena entered 4-2 overall, 0-1 in conference, #11 in South. PCC scored on its first drive but then it was all Saddleback. Pierce's TD came after Reza recovered the fumble at the PCC 27. Williams' TD came after Brewster's interception. This is Pasadena's 3rd straight loss after starting 4-0 and ends a 47-game streak of scoring at least 10 pts (dating back to 2005).