Fullerton Runs over Pasadena

Oct. 16 — Tailback Rafael Rice (photo) and his career-high 213 rushing yards helped No. 7 Fullerton cruise to a 25-11 win Saturday at Pasadena to open the Mission Conference National Division schedule. Fullerton (1-0, 5-1) won its seventh consecutive division game, dating back to 2002.

The Hornet defense held Pasadena (2-4) scoreless for the first 3 quarters.

By then, FC built a commanding 19-0 lead.

As a team, the Hornet rushing attack compiled 318 yards on 51 carries and 3 touchdowns — all season-highs.

Rice scored twice (1, 6), giving FC leads of 10-0 in the first quarter, and 19-0 entering halftime.

Sophomore RB Alfred Guidry contributed 81 yards on 13 carries and a score.

Guidry also blocked a punt in the 2nd quarter. The ball rolled out of the endzone for a safety, giving FC a 12-0 lead.

The Hornets dominated time of posession (35:07 to 24:53).

Meanwhile, the Hornet defense had another solid performance, forcing 6 Lancer fumbles and recovering 4 of them.

Sophomore CB Steven Randolph led the team with a career-high 11 tackles to go with 1 sack and a pass breakup.

Sophomore DT Gabe Long recorded 2 sacks for the third straight game, and finished with 7 tackles.

Freshman LB Jonathan Haynes had 2 fumble recoveries — the second one he ran back for a 25-yard TD, but it was nullified by penalty.

"I was really pleased with our effort," said defensive coordinator Casey Mazzotta. "I just wish we hadn't allowed 11 points."

"Our offense gave us a big lead, and we were able to play a lot of guys.

"Hornet QBs Justin Turner and Casey Whieldon — a combined 7-of-19 for 69 yards — did just enough passing to help move the chains on a wet and soggy field.

"We've been waiting for a break-out game from our running backs," said associate head coach Tim Byrnes.

"Even though the passing numbers were overwhelming, I thought we had a balanced gameplan today. Rafael and Al both ran hard, and our offensive line did another great job."

FC entered the game ranked No. 7 in the COA SoCal Poll, No. 10 in the JC Athletic Bureau State Rankings, and No. 22 in the JC Grid-Wire National Poll.


UP NEXT: FC will host El Camino next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Titan Stadium.


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