Porter Passes Citrus Past Pasadena

Bernard Porter passes for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for another score, and the Citrus defense shut down Pasadena in the second half in a 35-14 season-opening win for the Owls against the visiting Lancers Saturday afternoon in Glendora.

Porter completed 18 of 27 passes on the day, including a 9-yard scoring strike to Robbie Holmes late in the second quarter that gave Citrus a lead it would hold the rest of the way. The Owl defense got the ball right back when Donnie Fields recovered a fumbled handoff, and Justin Robles scored on a 2-yard run to make it 21-7.

Though Pasadena managed a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the first half, the Lancers never pulled even again. Porter led an 11-play drive and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Scott Calles midway through the third quarter to make it 28-14. Then the Citrus defense got the ball back just over a minute later when David Metcalf forced a fumble with a hit and Chima Nduka recovered for the Owls at the Lancer 31. That led to Porter scoring on a 2-yard keeper to make it 35-14 and put Citrus firmly in control.

Citrus had taken an early lead on Porter's first touchdown pass of the day, a 25-yard screen pass to Andre Holmes midway through the first quarter. A bad snap doomed the extra point try, keeping the score 6-0. And that point looked like it might be important when Pasadena scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Justin Posthuma to Lance Tongakilo with 4:28 left in the first half and Martin Magana kicked the extra point to give the Lancers a 7-6 lead

But Citrus answered back just 35 seconds later on Porter's touchdown pass to Holmes, and never trailed again. Posthuma threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to speedy Tairen Owens late in the first half to cut the Owl lead to 21-14, but never scored again. The Lancers' best chance in the second half came on a drive that reached the Citrus 5 early in the final quarter, but by then the score was already 35-14.

Porter led an offense that achieved 21 first downs and 326 yards despite the Owls getting flagged for 18 penalties on the day for 150 yards. Ten different receivers caught at least one pass, led by Jo Jo Curiel, who had 5 catches for 56 yards. Andre Holmes had 43 yards on 10 carries to lead all rushers.

For Pasadena, Posthuma completed 19 of 35 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns, and one of those completions went to his older brother, Nick, who just completed 4 years of playing soccer at CS Fullerton but wanted to play American football with his brother. Joshua also forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter at the end of a play on which he had thrown an interception. Jeremiah Andrade had a big day receiving with 5 catches for 113 yards. And Owens was often spectacular with 4 catches for 101 yards, including the 49-yard touchdown and two long kick returns that were called back on penalties.

Despite the two schools being separated by only about 15 miles on the 210 freeway, it's the first time the teams have met on the gridiron since 1973. Citrus has now won the last two games in the series, which Pasadena still leads, 3-2, overall.

Citrus Owls 35, Pasadena Lancers 14

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 1 pm - Citrus College Stadium - Glendora

1st Quarter:
C - Holmes 25 yd pass from Porter (pass failed) 6:56 (6-0)

2nd Quarter:
P - Tongakilo 6 yd pass from J.Posthuma (Magana kick) 4:28 (6-7)
C - Haines 9 yd pass from Porter (Ball pass from Porter) 3:53 (14-7)
C - Robles 2 yd run (Kepley kick) 0:59 (21-7)
P - Owens 49 yd pass from J.Posthuma (Magana kick) 0:25 (21-14)

3rd Quarter:
C - Calles 19 yd pass from Porter (Kepley kick) 8:00 (28-14)
C - Porter 2 yd run (Kepley kick) 2:00 (35-14)

4th Quarter:
No Scoring

Team Statistics:
First Downs: Citrus 21 (5 rush, 12 pass, 4 penalty), Pasadena 16 (2 rush, 10 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Citrus 36-91, Pasadena 29-59
Passing Yds: Citrus 235, Pasadena 278
Comp-Att-Int: Citrus 19-28-0, Pasadena 19-35-2
Return Yds: Citrus 109, Pasadena 129
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 3-15, Pasadena 2-19
Fumbles-Lost: Citrus 2-2, Pasadena 4-2
Penalties-Yds: Citrus 18-150, Pasadena 10-90
Time of Possession: Citrus 30:49, Pasadena 29:11

Individual Statistics:
C 20-Holmes 10-43, 27-Frazier 8-32, 32-Sainz 1-10, 26-Paynes 4-10, 40-Robles 4-10, 23-Crawford 1-1, 10-Porter 5-(-14), team 1-(-1); P 21-Anding 8-25, 6-Washington 5-13, 28-Grigsby 4-9, 5-J.Posthuma 11-8, 2-Jackson 1-4
Passing: C 10-Porter 18-27-0-219, 3 TDs; 16-Pruszynski 1-1-0-16; P 5-J.Posthuma 19-35-2-278, 2 TDs
Receiving: C 5-Curiel 5-56, 3-Ball 2-33, 18-Calles 2-30, 20-Holmes 2-28, 32-Sainz 2-21, 17-Kepley 2-20, 33-Lopez-Valencia 1-20, 26-Paynes 1-10, 6-Haines 1-9, 27-Frazier 1-8; P 2-Chetachi 6-38, 81-Andrade 5-113, 22-Owens 4-101, 21-Anding 1-11, 40-Tongakilo 1-6, 87-N.Posthuma 1-5, 80-Green 1-4
Sacks-Yds: C 77-Gardella 1-9, 99-Fields 1-5, 47-Pruitt 1-1; P Foster 1-11, 39-London 1-9
Interceptions-Ret Yds: C 40-Robles 1-4, Walker 1-0
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: C 90-Nduka 1-9, 99-Fields 1-0; P 5-J.Posthuma 1-0, 29-Sanchez 1-0
Punters: C 87-Laros 6-44.0 avg; P 9-Meza 5-37.2 avg
Kick Returns: C 5-Curiel 1-61, 47-Pruitt 1-23; P 22-Owens 2-46, 2-Chetachi 2-31, 35-Tapia 1-16, 23-Bautista 1-6
Punt Returns: C 5-Curiel 4-12; P 22-Owens 5-26, 2-Chetachi 1-4
Missed FG: C none; P 1-Magana 30 yds (wide left)

Notes: Season opener for both teams. Fields' recovery of a fumble on a missed handoff at the PCC 39 led to Citrus' 3rd TD. 1-Metcalf forced the fumble that Nduka recovered, which led to Citrus' 5th TD. Owens had 2 long returned nullified by penalties but they were spectacular. This is the first time these teams have met since 1973 and only the 5th time ever.

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