El Camino extended its dominance
over Pasadena, winning for the 12th straight time over the Lancers.
Pasadena last beat El Camino in 1989 and has lost to the Warriors once
per season every year since then.
Things started well enough for
Pasadena when Curtis Lowther intercepted ECC starting QB Ryan Gilbert's first
pass of the afternoon. The Lancers
then drove 59 yards and took the lead on a 13-yard run by Jonathan Smith.
It was Smith's 20th touchdown of the season, extending his
When El Camino got the ball back, in
came freshman QB Ronald Venters. ECC
had mishandled the kickoff, so they started at their own 8 yard line.
But that didn't faze Venters, who led the Warriors on a 92-yard scoring
drive. Venters threw an 18-yard
pass to Bernie Bishop for the score.
Pasadena struck next, re-taking the
lead on an 8-yard run by QB Nathan Chandler.
Then El Camino answered back on a 1-yard run by Marshall, making it 14-14
early in the 2nd quarter. After
forcing a punt, El Camino took their first lead on a 36-yard FG by Casey
Gardener. A penalty on the ensuing
kickoff left Pasadena to begin at their own 3, but some strong running by Smith
and the passing of Chandler got the Lancers out of trouble.
They ended up going 97 yards and took the lead on Chandler's 2nd
rushing touchdown of the day. Even
though the XPA was unsuccessful, that gave Pasadena a 20-17 halftime lead.
Pasadena scored the first points of
the second half on a 22-yard FG by Joe Timchenko.
That made it 23-17 Pasadena with 8:05 left in the 3rd quarter.
That would also be Pasadena's last scoring play of the game.
El Camino took the ensuing kickoff
and embarked on a long drive to the Pasadena 4.
Amidst apparent confusion, ECC called timeout.
After the timeout, it was Pasadena that seemed confused.
The Warriors lined up in a swinging-gate alignment, and as soon as the
ball was snapped Venters turned and hit Marshall with a quick pass.
Marshall darted into the end zone, tying the score.
Gardener's extra point gave El Camino the lead, 24-23.
On the next possession, Pasadena
drove to the El Camino 5 before the drive stalled.
A penalty pushed them back even further, and they had to settle for a
35-yard FG attempt. The kick sailed
wide right, and Pasadena remained behind by a point.
That would be the Lancers' first missed opportunity of the 4th
quarter, but not their last.
El Camino tried to run off some time
and perhaps even widen their lead, but a fumble by Marshall near the Lancer 20
was recovered by Lowther, giving Pasadena another chance.
But the drive stalled and the Lancers were forced to punt.
El Camino got the ball back and this
time they were able to add to their lead. Venters'
pass to Morgan Ralls from 19 yds out, Venters' 3rd TD pass of the
day, made it 30-23. But when James
Griffin blocked the XPA, the lead was kept at 7, giving Pasadena another chance
since there was still 3:41 left.
Pasadena moved the ball to the El
Camino 28 on three passes to Smith and a 16-yard run by Chandler.
But the drive ended suddenly when Shane Keck intercepted a Chandler pass
with 2:03 to go.
But it wasn't over yet.
The Pasadena defense forced a punt, giving the offense one last chance to
tie the game. A 28-yard punt return
by Anthony Owens brought the ball to the ECC 36, and a 15-yard personal foul on
the Warriors moved the ball to the 21 with 1:20 to play.
That's when the ECC defense rose
to the occasion once again. Two Chandler runs netted just one yard, and another play
resulted in an incomplete pass. So
it was 4th and 9 from the 20. Chandler
scrambled right, but he was brought down at the 17.
The ball went over on downs, and Pasadena's hopes for an undefeated
season were brought down as well.
On the day, Venters was 20 of 33 for
273 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions. Marshall
finished with 109 yards on 21 carries and also had a game-high 7 catches.
Including kickoff returns, he totalled 242 all-purpose yards and scored 2
TDs. RBs Ryan Jones and Cabot Denny
combined with Marshall to power the El Camino running attack to 220 yards on the
Pasadena amassed 501 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Smith had 174 yards on 27 carries plus 5 catches for 53 yards. WR Octavius Spencer had a strong performance with 5 catches for 103 yards. Chandler finished with 254 yards on 18 of 29 plus 68 yards on 13 carries including 2 TDs rushing.
P – Smith 13 yd run (Timchenko kick) 9:17 - 0-7
EC – Bishop 18 yd pass from Venters (Gardener kick) 5:20 - 7-7
P – Chandler 8 yd run (Timchenko kick) 3:02 - 7-14
EC – Marshall 1 yd run (Gardener kick) 14:11 - 14-14
EC – FG Gardener 36 yds 10:28 - 17-14
P – Chandler 11 yd run (kick wide right) 1:34 - 17-20
P – FG Timchenko 22 yds 8:05 - 17-23
EC – Marshall 4 yd pass from Venters (Gardener kick) 3:52 - 24-23
EC – Ralls 14 yd pass from Venters (kick blocked) 3:41 - 30-23
|Team Statistics:||Pasadena|| El Camino
|First Downs||24 (14 run; 9 pass; 1 pen)|| 29
(13 run; 16 pass)
|Rushes - Yards||41-247|| 38-220
|Passing Yards||254|| 273
|Comp - Att - Int||18-29-1|| 20-34-1
|Return Yards||187|| 99
|Sacks - Yards||1-5|| 1-7
|Fumbles - Lost||0-0|| 2-1
|Penalties - Yards||8-66|| 7-50
|Time of Possession||31:22||28:38|
P: 1-J.Smith 27-174, 10-Chandler 13-68, 5-Kennett 1-5
P: 10-N.Chandler 18-29-1-254
P: 80-Spencer 5-103, 1-Smith 5-53, 5-Hartsfield 4-71, 5-Kennett 3-27, 64-Schiffer 1-0
P: 50-D.Jones 3-41.7 avg EC: 35-Licon 3-37.3 avg
P: 4-Hill 4-79, 11-Hartsfield 2-81 EC: 24-Marshall 3-81
P: 17-Owens 2-24 EC: 9-Crenshaw 1-13, 20-Harris 1-1
P: 2-Lowther 1-3 EC: 7-Keck 1-4
Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
P: 2-Lowther 1-0
P: 6-Griffin 1-5 EC: 57-Riddle 1-7
P: 43-Timchenko 35 yds (wide right)
Upset! Pasadena entered 7-0, ranked #1 in South (COA) and #6 in Nation (JCGW).
Camino entered 2-5 though one of
their wins was vs. #3-ranked Palomar (their only loss).
Gilbert started at QB for
ECC but threw an int on his first pass. Venters
entered on the next series and went the rest of the way.
scored the go-ahead TD on a trick play off the swinging gate formation – a
quick pass to Marshall seemed to
catch PCC off guard. Pasadena
had 2 last-chance drives but the first ended in an interception and the second
ended on downs when Chandler was
stopped for a 3-yard gain on 4th and 6 at the ECC 20.
Griffin blocked the XPA
for Pasadena. Smith's TD was his 20th of the season, extending his
school record. Yes, LG Schiffer
really did catch a pass. He was not
an eligible receiver and the play was flagged but ECC declined the penalty and
let the play stand.