Chandler Powers Pasadena Past Glendale

Pasadena QB Nathan Chandler lived up to the pre-season hype Saturday as he led the Lancers to an impressive 54-17 win over Glendale in the season opener for both teams.

  Chandler threw for 3 touchdowns and finished with 189 yards passing on 17 of 25 and added 57 yards rushing on 7 carries to finish as the game's leading rusher as well.

The tone for the afternoon was set in the first series when Chandler was flushed from the pocket down the leftsideline.  Rather than step out of bounds, Chandler lowered his shoulder into the Glendale defender, and it was the Vaquero who went flying out of bounds.  The run was good for 12 yards, and Pasadena scored on that possession to take the lead.

Glendale mounted a minor rally on the strength of star receiver Steve Carballo, who finished with game-highs of 6 catches and 128 yards.  His 17-yard reception from Joseph Kroells brought the Vaqueros within 10 near the end of the first half.  Glendale's first points had come when Rainest Crawford picked up an extra point attempt that had been blocked by Randy Beckmann and returned it the distance following Pasadena's second touchdown. 

But by the time Glendale scored again the game was out of reach.  The Pasadena defense held Glendale to just 77 yards on the ground and no receiver except Carballo had more than one catch.  Meanwhile the Lancer offense committed no turnovers and generated 444 yards on offense.

Pasadena jumped to the early lead when Chandler twice found Receiver Octavius Spencer for scores in the first quarter.  After Glendale's 2-point return, Linebacker Jeff Runnells snuffed out the Vaquero momentum with an interception he returned 36 yards for a touchdown, making the score 20-2 Pasadena.  After Carballo's score late in the first, two Joe Timchenko field goals, including a 44-yarder, enabled Pasadena to extend their lead to 26-10 midway through the third quarter.  Jonathan Smith scored on a 2-yard run near the end of the third, and Chandler hit Tight End Ryan Antle for TD pass #3 early in the fourth to put the game away.  Pasadena's backup quarterback, J.D. Ziska, picked up where Chandler left off by completing both his passes including a 44-yard scoring strike to Danny Pittman.  Doug Ebey's 2-yard run in the final minute made it 54-17.


1st Quarter:               
P – Spencer 8 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 12:02  - 7-0
P – Spencer 19 yd pass from Chandler (kick blocked) 4:56 - 13-0
G – Crawford return of blocked XPA 4:56 - 13-2
P – Runnells 36 yd interception return (Timchenko kick) 4:26  -  20-2
G – Carballo 17 yd pass from Kroells (Clayton run) 1:20 - 20-10

2nd Quarter:
P – FG Timchenko 31 yds 5:44 - 23-10

3rd Quarter:
P – FG Timchenko 44 yds 10:3026-10
P – Smith 2 yd run (Timchenko kick) 1:47  - 33-10

4th Quarter:
P – Antle 25 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 14:09 - 40-10
G – Gatlin 5 yd run (Martinez kick) 6:12 - 40-17
P – Pittman 44 yd pass from Ziska (Timchenko kick) 5:13 - 47-17
P – Ebey 2 yd run (Timchenko kick) 0:38 - 54-17

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: P:  10-Chandler 7-57, 11-Hartsfield 3-53, 1-J.Smith 12-39, 4-C.Hill 4-18, 26-Pogue 3-14, 5-Kennett 2-10, 8-Ziska 1-3, 35-Ebey 2-3 G:  11-Gatlin 14-53, 5-Clayton 13-18, 3-Kroells 4-6

Passing: P:  10-N.Chandler 17-25-0-189, 3 TDs; 8-Ziska 2-2-0-58, 1 TD G:  3-Kroells 10-22-2-161, 1 TD; 17-Riehl 1-2-0-3

Receiving: P:  11-Hartsfield 5-58, 88-Antle 3-49, 80-O.Spencer 3-40, 19-H.Thomas 2-12, 5-Kennett 2-9, 1-J.Smith 2-4, 13-Pittman 1-44, 25-Rutledge 1-31 G:  21-Carballo 6-128, 22-W.Jones 1-19, 42-Giangrasso 1-7, 5-Clayton 1-5, 84-Burkhart 1-3, 12-Bautista 1-2

Punters: P:  41-Lauer 2-40.0 avg  G:  21-Carballo 7-32.8 avg

Kick Ret: P:  1-J.Smith 2-83, 13-Pittman 1-0 (att onsides) G:  18-Crawford 3-71, 2-Towns 3-50, 21-Carballo 2-29, 44-S.Taylor 1-13, 42-Giangrasso 1-12

Punt Ret: P:  11-Hartsfield 2-4, 19-H.Thomas 1-10, 2-Cowther 1-(-5)                                           

Interceptions-Ret Yds:  P:  40-Runnells 1-36, 33-LeShore 1-8

Sacks: P:  84-C.Jones 2  G:  45-Pierre-Louis 1       

Season Opener for both teams.  Pasadena was ranked #14 preseason. 14-Beckmann blocked the XPA that 18-Crawford ran back for the 2 pts. In the 1st quarter, 10-Chandler was flushed from the pocket and ran up the far sideline. 


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