Pasadena Rolls Behind Dynamic Smith

In the midst of a season for the ages, Pasadena's Jonathan Smith had a game for the ages November 10<sup>th</sup> at Falcon Stadium vs. Cerritos Smith scored 6 TDs and set a new Mission Conference record with 353 yds rushing to lead the Lancers to a 51-12 rout.

It was an extraordinary night for Smith.  He had 353 yds rushing, which not only set a new Conference record but also broke his own school record (317, set October 27th vs. Mt. SAC).  He also had 5 catches for 102 yds, both game-highs.  Add the 60 yds on 2 kickoff returns, and he set a new PCC record with 515 all-purpose yds.  The 6 TDs in a game is also a school record.  He now has 26 TDs on the season, extending his school mark.  And his 156 points set yet another school record, breaking the mark set by Jackie Robinson in 1938.

But he wasn't the only standout for Pasadena.  LB James Griffin was a terror on defense and special teams all night and finished with 2 sacks, including one where he literally stole the ball away from the Cerritos quarterback.  DB Darryl Moore grabbed 2 interceptions.  Nathan Chandler went 14 of 21 for 216 yds and 2 TDs.  The entire offensive line deserves credit for the Lancers' 416 yds rushing and 637 yds of total offense.  And the defense as a whole stood out for allowing the Falcons just 227 yds of offense on the night, much of that long after the outcome of the game had been decided.

The game really didn't start out all that well for Pasadena.  On their first play from scrimmage, Chandler found WR Jeremy Hartsfield for a big-yardage pass play, but Hartsfield fumbled at the end of the run.  Cerritos' Philip Perry recovered.

However, Cerritos missed their chance to take the lead with Josh Herrera fumbled inside the Lancer 5 yd line.  David Harley recovered at the 2, and the game remained scoreless.  It was still 0-0 when the first quarter ended. 

Then Smith started scoring touchdowns.  Smith's first TD of the night was on a 1-yd run early in the second quarter.  But that was just the finishing touch on a Smith-driven drive.  He had runs of 14, 40 and 6 yds earlier on the drive.

The next Cerritos possession ended abruptly when Pasadena's James Griffin sacked Falcon QB Mike Harrison.  As he tackled Harrison, Griffin reached for the ball and pulled it away, giving the Lancers possession.  That set up a 38-yard FG by Joe Timchenko, which made it 10-0.

Cerritos' next possession ended with an interception by Pasadena's Olajuan Le Shore.  Then came the only Pasadena touchdown of the night that was scored by someone other than Jonathan Smith.  Nathan Chandler connected with TE Ryan Antle for a 13-yd scoring strike to make it 17-0, which is where things stood at halftime.

Cerritos scored quickly once the second half began.  On the first play from scrimmage of the half, Josh Herrera broke through the left side of the line and ran 68 yds for the first Falcon touchdown.  An errant snap doomed the conversion attempt, as kicker Adam Sonntagg picked up the loose ball but was stopped well short of the goal line.  The score was now 17-6, which was as close as Cerritos would get.

It didn't take long for Pasadena to strike again.  This time Chandler threw to Smith, who took the pass 54 yds and into the end zone.  This was his 22nd touchdown of the season, giving him 132 points and breaking Jackie Robinson's record.

From then on, it was the Jonathan Smith show.  Of the next 5 Pasadena possessions, four of them ended with Smith running the ball into the end zone.  He scored on runs of 11 and 17 yds later in the third quarter, and on runs of 56 and 1 yd in the 4th quarter.  He finished the night with a season total of 1659 yards on 162 carries for an astounding average of  10.2 yds per rush.

One of the few bright spots for Cerritos, which suffered the second-worst loss in its history, was the play of backup QB Glenn DeBerg.  The nephew of former NFL QB Steve DeBerg, Glenn threw a TD pass in his first pass attempt.  RB Josh Herrera hit the century mark in rushing yds and scored the long TD to lead the Falcon running game.  But overall it was a long night for the Falcons.

Pasadena is now 8-1 and 6-1 in the Mission Conference.  They will play Long Beach on November 17th, with the winner earning the Northern Division title.  Cerritos falls to 6-3.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
(No Scoring)

2nd Quarter:
P – Smith 1 yd run (Timchenko kick) 11:08 - 7-0
P – FG Timchenko 38 yds 7:29 - 10-0
P – Antle 13 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 2:42 - 17-0

3rd Quarter:
C – Herrera 68 yd run (run failed) 14:3817-6
P – Smith 54 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 14:16 -   24-6
P – Smith 11 yd run (Timchenko kick) 6:36 - 31-6
C – Gonzalez 3 yd pass from G.DeBerg (run failed) 3:1431-12
P – Smith 17 yd run (pass failed) 0:4937-12

4th Quarter:
P – Smith 56 yd run (Timchenko kick) 11:29 - 44-12
P – Smith 1 yd run (Timchenko kick) 4:09 -  51-12

Team Statistics: Cerritos Pasadena
First Downs 15 (5 pass; 5 run; 5 pen) 26 (7 pass; 18 run; 1 pen)
Rushes - Yards 29-146 45-416
Passing Yards 81 221
Comp - Att - Int 12-28-3 15-22-1
Return Yards  210 114
Sacks - Yards 2-22 5-44
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties - Yards 3-40 19-150
Time of Possession 25:04 34:56

Individual Statistics:

C:  40-Herrera 10-100, 27-Denis 3-57, 30-Whiten 9-34, 15-G.DeBerg 4-(-17), 2-Harrison 3-(-28) P:  1-J.Smith 34-353, 5-Kennett 4-29, 11-Hartsfield 1-17, 35-Ebey 2-16, 32-Sanchez 1-11, 10-Chandler 3-(-10)

:  2-Harrison 9-22-3-66; 15-G.DeBerg 3-6-0-15, 1 TD P:  10-Chandler 11-21-1-216, 2 TDs; 8-Ziska 1-1-0-5

C:  7-Raphiel 4-30, 4-Ch.Chatman 2-18, 11-Bajza 1-12, 12-McMillan 1-12, 19-Martinez 1-7, 27-Denis 1-5, 87-Gonzalez 1-3, 40-Herrera 1-(-6)  P:  1-J.Smith 5-102, 19-Thomas 3-37, 88-Antle 2-39, 11-Hartsfield 2-35, 5-Kennett 2-3, 85-Aguilar 1-5

C:  39-Mackay 5-42.2 avg   P:  41-Lauer 3-33.7 avg

Kick Ret:
C:  4-Ch.Chatman 5-121, 38-Lowen 2-39, 30-Whiten 1-24, 27-Denis 1-12    P:  1-J.Smith 2-60, 11-Hartsfield 1-27

Punt Ret:
C:  4-Ch.Chatman 1-0  P:  17-Owens 2-7            

Int-Ret Yds:
C:  9-Perry 1-14  P:  33-LeShore 1-0, 7-Moore 2-20

Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
C:  9-Perry 1-0 P:  91-Harley 1-0, 6-Griffin 1-0                                              

Sacks:  C:  45-Eagen 2  P:  6-Griffin 2, 34-Evans, 54-Matthews, 84-C.Jones

Missed FG: C:  None    P:  43-Timchenko 19 yds (wide left)

entered 7-1, #3 in South (COA), #10 in Nation (JCGW).  Cerritos entered 6-2, #6 COA, #17 JCGW.  Both entered 5-1 in Conference.  Jonathan Smith – WOW!  Set new Conf single-game record for rush yds.  Also set some PCC records: TDs (6) and all-purose yds (515) in a game, and pts (156, breaking Jackie Robinson's 1938 record), rush yds (1659), in a season.  He now has 26 TDs, extending his PCC record.  Griffin stole the ball from Harrison in 2nd qtr, setting up the FG.  DeBerg entered after Harrison's 3rd int (Harrison also appeared to suffer a hand injury).  The TD pass was his 1st JC pass attempt.  Bad snaps doomed both Cerritos XPAs.

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