Pasadena Wins Division Title

Pasadena QB Nathan Chandler threw for 6 TDs and ran for another to lead the Lancers to a 55-14 win over Long Beach on November 17th. The win moves Pasadena to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Mission North, giving the Lancers their first-ever Mission Conference dvision title.

On the day, Chandler finished 19 of 29 for 265 yds and no interceptions.  Three of his TD passes went to WR Hannibal Thomas, who finished with 9 catches good for 125 yds.  RB Jonathan Smith continued his assault on the record books with two more touchdowns, setting new Mission Conference marks for TDs (28) and points (168) in a season.  He had a game-high 143 yds on the ground as part of 196 all-purpose yards.

Things went well for Pasadena from the start.  The Lancers took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yds on 8 plays to grab the early lead.  Chandler's spectacular 30-yd pass to Danny Pittman—Chandler was falling out of bounds as he threw the ball into the end zone some 40 yds in the air—gave Pasadena a lead they would not relinquish.  The pass was Chandler's 21st TD toss of the season to set a new PCC school mark.

Long Beach seemed to avoid disaster when, after a Craig Richardson fumble was recovered by Jeff Runnells, the Vikings forced a 36-yd field goal attempt by Joe Timchenko that missed badly.  But that just delayed the onslaught.  The Pasadena defense then forced a punt, allowing Chandler, Smith & Company to go back to work.  Smith capped the drive with a 6-yd run to make it 14-0 Lancers.

Long Beach closed the gap back to a touchdown on a 9-yd run by Richardson just before the end of the 1st quarter.  Viking QB Jason Baughman and WR Clint Bingham combined on several passes on the drive.  The 1st quarter ended with Pasadena ahead, 14-7.

Then came the 2nd quarter, and that's when Chandler really took over.  First was an 8-yd pass to Thomas to make it 21-7.  On the next PCC possession, Chandler hit Allan Kennett with a 20-yd scoring pass to make it 28-7.  On the next PCC possession after that, Chandler found Smith for an 11-yd pass to make it 35-7.  Long Beach scored a touchdown of their own on a 19-yd pass from Baughman to Teron Marshall to make it 35-14, but Chandler answered back with a TD run from 6 yds out to make it 42-14 at the half.  In the second quarter alone, Chandler threw for 3 TDs and ran for another.

Though the outcome was essentially decided by halftime, Chandler continued to shine in the 3rd quarter.  He threw TD passes of 32 and 20 yds to Thomas, making the score 55-14 and giving him 6 TD passes on the afternoon.

Chandler and Smith weren't the only Lancers setting records.  Kicker Joe Timchenko, who made the first 7 extra point attempts, set a new PCC mark with 43 extra points on the season.  He broke a school record previously shared by ex-Ram kicker Mike Lansford.

Long Beach was led by RB Craig Richardson, who totalled 89 yds on 19 carries, and WR Clint Bingham, who hauled in 7 catches for 79 yds.  QB Jason Baughman went 15 of 33 for 188 yds and a TD, but also threw 3 interceptions.  LBCC committed 5 turnovers on the day while PCC had none.

So it was business as usual for Pasadena— another day, another impressive win and a few more records broken.  But this time it also meant a Division title and, if everything falls into place, perhaps a shot at the Southern California Championship.

 Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
P – Pittman 30 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 11:17 - 7-0
P – Smith 6 yd run (Timchenko kick) 6:50 - 14-0
LB – Richardson 9 yd run (Witt kick) 1:13 - 14-7

2nd Quarter:
P – H.Thomas 8 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 13:0421-7
P – Kennett 20 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 8:46 - 28-7
P – Smith 11 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 6:40 - 35-7
LB – Te.Marshall 19 yd pass from Baughman (Witt kick) 3:13  -  35-14
P – Chandler 6 yd run (Timchenko kick) 0:46 -  42-14

3rd Quarter:
P – H.Thomas 32 yd pass from Chandler (Timchenko kick) 4:4349-14
P – H.Thomas 20 yd pass from Chandler (kick blocked) 0:4955-14

4th Quarter:
(No Scoring)

Team Statistics:  Pasadena  Long Beach
First Downs  30 (13 run; 17 pass)  17 (6 run; 8 pass; 3 pen)
Rushes - Yards  42-250  26-94
Passing Yards  321  188
Comp - Att - Int  22-32-0  15-33-3
Return Yards  124  119
Sacks - Yards  2-8  3-14
Fumbles - Lost  1-0  3-2
Penalties - Yards  13-107  10-64
Time of Possession  36:24  23:36

Individual Statistics:

P:  1-J.Smith 23-143, 4-Hill 6-38, 10-Chandler 7-30, 11-Hartsfield 1-30, 32-Sanchez 2-14, 5-Kennett 2-2, 8-Ziska 1-(-7)  LB:  21-Richardson 19-89, 6-Bingham 1-8, 1-Peoples 2-3, 14-Baughman 4-(-6)

:  10-N.Chandler 19-29-0-265, 6 TDs; 8-Ziska 3-3-0-46  LB:  14-Baughman 15-33-3-188, 1 TD

P:  19-H.Thomas 9-125, 13-D.Pittman 4-55, 5-Kennett 3-22, 88-Antle 2-55, 11-Hartsfield 2-34, 4-Hill 1-19, 1-Smith 1-11  LB:  6-Bingham 7-79, 21-Richardson 2-40, 8-Te.Marshall 2-32, 10-Saunders 1-15, 20-Ross 1-10, 1-Peoples 1-8, 12-McCray 1-4

P:  41-Lauer 4-28.0 avg   LB:  47-Td.Marshall 5-33.2 avg

Kick Ret:
P:  1-Smith 2-42, 11-Hartsfield 1-40  LB:  2-Brooks 6-84, 8-Te.Marshall 1-26, 11-Moss 1-13

Punt Ret:
P:  7-Moore 2-24   LB:  2-Brooks 1-(-4)                        

Int-Ret Yds:
P:  2-Lowther 1-0, 50-D.Jones 1-18, 24-Cathcart 1-0

Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
P:  40-Runnells 1-0, 6-Griffin 1-0                                                              

P:  54-Matthews, 94-J.Williams    LB:  57-Mann 1 ½ , 93-Gibbs, 45-Tago ½

Missed FG:
P:  43-Timchenko 36 yds (short)

entered 8-1, #3 South, t-#6 in Nation.  LBCC enered 6-3, #9 South.  Both were 3-1 in Division. Chandler set new PCC record, TD passes in season (now has 26).  Timchenko set new PCC record, XP in season (now has 43).  Smith set Mission Conference record for TDs and pts in season (now has 28 and 168, respectively). Nisson blocked the last XPA.  This is Pasadena's first-ever Mission Conference Division title (joined conf in 1988). 

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