Visiting Mounties Whip Lancers in Mission Opener

Even though Pasadena came into the contest with a 0-2 record, there was optimism amongst PCC fans that the Lancers could turn around their season starting with their home opener against Mt. Sac. The Lancers lost to the top-ranked team in this week's JC Grid-Wire national poll, Canyons, in week one and dropped a close contest to 10th ranked Bakersfield, 19-14, last week.

Any hopes for a turnaround against the Mounties were quickly squashed in less than one half of play as Mt. Sac led 42-7 at halftime of their 66-7 drubbing of PCC. 

The visitors from Walnut took control from the opening play, as Mt. Sac controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball all game.  On the very first snap, Lancer QB Darnell LoVett was sacked for a loss by DL Filisonuu Tafisi and things did not better from there for PCC.  On their first possession, PCC was forced three and out and the Mounties took over inside their own 40-yard line after a short punt with 13:07 left in the opening period.  Mt Sac then drove 31 yards on 6 plays, scoring on a 5-yard fade from QB Adam Ernst to WR Delaine Walker.  The 6-3, 210-pound sophomore wide out from Pomona is a David Boston-clone: A big and physical receiver who uses his strength to create separation from the defender.  On his scoring play, the PCC defender has good coverage on the play, but Walker simply out muscled him to the ball.  Walker only caught two passes in the contest, but both went for scores.  The second was a 46-yarder where Walker dragged his defender a few yards, shook him loose and went in for an easy six to make the score 28-7.

The lone Lancer TD came with 1:22 left in the first period as Freshman WR Kris Riggins (from nearby Muir High) caught a 27 yard scoring strike from QB Luke Sniewski, who had replaced an ineffective LoVett to make the score 14-7 before Mt. Sac reeled off 52 unanswered points.  LoVett and Sniewski both seemed to hold on to the ball too long and were also plagued by dropped balls and sloppy line play.  The Lancer sideline and cheering section were flattened when back-up QB Dominic Breazeale, taking his first snap for the Mounties, hit TE Peter Suarez on a 52-yard scoring pass play with no time left in the first half.  The Mt. Sac sideline went hysterical with joy and the Lancers were visibly shaken.

Mt. Sac continued to roll in the second half, as Mountie RB Cazmir Hill (who was a back-up for PCC's Jonathan Smith in 2001) bolted for 43 yards on the first play in the second half.  The diminutive yet powerful Hill finished the game with 165 yards and a score in only 14 attempts as the sophomore took advantage of the sloppy Lancer tackling and the huge holes created by the Mt. Sac line.  One of the lone bright spots for PCC was the play of RB Jerome Harrison.  The shifty sophomore from Kalamazoo, Michigan used a variety of cutback and spin moves for a hard-fought 104 yards on 17 lugs.  Harrison himself was not immune to the sporadic Lancer effort, as he failed to attempt to retrieve a Sniewski lateral pass with 11:41 in the third quarter as the Mounties recovered and kicked a field goal.

Defensive standouts in the contest for the Mounties included Tafisi, who was in the Lancer backfield all night long, DB Tommy Musa, who was solid in both coverage and run support, and safety Bobby Godinez, who disrupted the Lancer attack with his fine all-around effort. 

Mt Sac is now 3-0 and has yet to allow a rushing touchdown while PCC is 0-3 and travels next week to face Cerritos College.

Scoring Summary:

Mt. Sac: 14-28-10-14= 66

PCC:      7-  0-  0-  0 =  7


MSAC- Delanie Walker 5 pass from Adam Ernst

MSAC- Joseph Huggett 30 Run

PCC   - Kris Riggins 27 pass from Luke Sniewski

MSAC- Cazmir Hill 18 Run

MSAC- Delaine Walker 46 pass from Adam Ernst

MSAC- Scott Mitchell 43 pass from Adam Ernst

MSAC- Peter Suarez 52 pass from Dominic Breazeale

MSAC- Hugo Barajas 48 yard field goal

MSAC- Shane Martin 28 pass from Dominic Breazeale

MSAC- Justin Bowie 43 pass from Derek Devine

MSAC- Daniel Nembhard 1 Run

Team Statistics:

First Downs: PCC-18


Net Rushing: PCC-147


Net Passing: PCC-171


Net Yards: PCC-318


Possession: PCC-29:09


Individual Statistical Leaders:

Rushing: MSAC- Hill: 14-164-1, Ekpre-Olomu: 10-61, Nembhard: 5-24, Matlock: 5-40

PCC- Harrison: 17-104, Lovett: 10-28, Nichols: 2-3, Brown: 3-21

Passing: MSAC- Ernst: 5-9-115-3, Breazeale: 3-5-79-2, Devine: 2-2-72-1

PCC- Lovett: 3-5-24-0, Sniewski: 9-16-107-1-1, Young: 3-4-40-0

Receiving: MSAC- Walker: 2-51-2, Mitchell: 3-64-1, Suarez: 1-52-1, Nembhard: 1-1, Martin: 1-25-1, Bowie: 1-43-1, Lindsey: 1-29

PCC- Reid: 2-31, Riggins: 2-37-1, Brown: 4-24, Johnson: 2-12

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