Offense Fails Cerritos in 10-7 Loss to Pasadena

For the Cerritos College football team, offense is still an area of their game that hasn't seemed to picked up as the season as progressed. The Falcon defense did a good job against Pasadena City in their Mission Conference crossover game. That is, all except for one play.

With the Lancers facing third-and-two at their own 36-yard line with just under six minutes left in the third quarter, Pasadena quarterback Carlos Celis connected with wide receiver Alex Mercier for a 64-yard touchdown pass for a 10-7 lead.

The Lancers held on for the win, which snapped their 15-game losing streak, dating back to the 2002 season. Their last prior win was a 45-20 triumph.

With the loss, Cerritos falls to 1-3 on the year and will try to get a win before their bye, when they host El Camino next Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Down, 3-0, the Falcons drove from their own 28-yard line to set up their only touchdown of the game. Freshman wide receiver Anthony Oliver (Cabrillo HS) made an amazing leaping catch over two Lancer defenders on a third-and-five play, good for 26 yards. Freshman running back Jaron Johnson (Western HS), making his first appearance of the season, broke off a 19-yard run, which set up a 20-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Kevin Brown (El Modena HS/Fordham University) to sophomore wide receiver David Nichols (Dominguez HS). Sophomore kicker Craig James (St. Paul HS) converted the extra point to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Even after Pasadena City scored their go-ahead touchdown, the Falcons had one last chance to pull out at least a tie. After two horrendous offensive blunders turned the ball over to Pasadena City at the Cerritos 17-yard line, the Falcon defense held. Setting up for a 39-yard field goal, freshman Dan Kuykendall (Long Beach Millikan HS) burst up the middle and blocked the attempt by Angel Reyes. Kuykendall then proceeded to recover the ball and return it 13 yards to the Lancer 43-yard line.

After the Falcons ran one play, Brown was picked off for the second time on the night, which ended the team's chance for a win. Brown finished the game 12-for-22 for 175 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Johnson led the team with 47 rushing yards on nine carries, while Nichols caught six passes for 85 yards. Oliver also had a good night with three receptions for 81 yards.

On defense, sophomore linebacker Alfonso Auelua (Pacifica HS) led the team with 14 tackles, while Kuykendall chipped in with eight tackles. In addition, freshman defensive tackle Jose Machuca (Artesia HS) put pressure on the Lancer quarterback several times, while sophomore linebacker Raphael Quander (St. John Bosco HS/Redlands University) also played well.



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