Pasadena Edges Orange Coast; Rattay Injured

Pasadena kept its unbeaten record intact with a 14-6 win over Orange Coast College at Pasadena October 12th. RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 133 yds while backup QB Darnell LoVett rushed for 66 yds and passed for 100 yds for the Lancers. Each scored a third-quarter TD for the Lancers, who overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit and the absense of injured QB John Rattay.

On Pasadena's second play from scrimmage, Rattay suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his right knee.  As he began to scramble from the pocket, he collapsed in a heap without being touched by a defender.  He was wheeled to the sidelines, and he remained on the training table with ice on the knee for the rest of the half.  He was on the sidelines in street clothes and on crutches in the second half.

The Pasadena defense had a typically outstanding game, allowing no TDs and only 2 field goals.  Cedric Oliver, James Griffin and Chuck Jones were among the many standouts.  After Rattay left the game, Orange Coast was able to manage just a single field goal before halftime, allowing LoVett to settle in and allowing the coaching staff to make the necessary adjustments at intermission.  On the one first-half scoring drive, the Pirates held the ball for 9:29 and drove to the PCC 1-yard line, but had to settle for a 27-yd field goal.

Once the second half began, Pasadena's offense gave them the lead, scoring on their first 2 possessions after the break.  Jerome Harrison got the Lancers on the board on a 19-yd run, but LoVett played a big part in that as well with an incredible fake that had much of the OCC defense running after him instead of the ball carrier.  And on the second TD, LoVett carried the ball around the right side from 2 yards out to cap an 80-yd drive that took 4:06.  Those TDs were sandwiched around a 40-yd field goal by Orange Coast's Bryce Sheridan.

And the Pasadena defense came up big on the key play of the game.  With just over 7 minutes left, Orange Coast drove deep into Lancer territory.  With the score 14-6, the Pirates could have tied the game with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion.  However, on 4th and goal from the 4, DL/LB Cedric Oliver broke through and sacked OCC's Derek Aspinwall from behind at the 9, ending Orange Coast's drive and their last real chance at tying the game.  Kelvan Price's interception on OCC's final possession with 1:50 left all but clinched the win for Pasadena.

LoVett and the Lancer offense struggled for much of the first half after Rattay's injury, ending their 5 first-half possessions with 3 punts, a fumble and an interception.  One of Joe Timchenko's punts, however, went 70 yards, and OCC had 5 punts of their own in the first half.  The only score came on Sheridan's 27-yd field goal following the long drive of 9:29, and at halftime it was 3-0 Orange Coast.

In the second half, the mobile LoVett seemed much more comfortable and there were some obvious changes in the Lancer offense.  Pasadena scored touchdowns on its first 2 possessions of the second half, and Timchenko missed a 20-yd field goal attempt on their third possession.  (The ball was spotted on the right hash mark and he kicked it straight – right down the hash mark and wide of the goal post).  Timchenko also missed a long field goal early in the 4th quarter.  In all, the Lancer offense rolled up 15 first downs in the second half.  LoVett's 46-yd run following Price's interception clinched the win for Pasadena.

Pasadena's Harrison led all rushers with 133 yds on 19 carries.   WR Hannibal Thomas led all receivers with 4 catches for 47 yds.  Fullback Allen Kennett rushed for 65 yds on 9 carries and also caught 3 passes for 19 yds.

For Orange Coast, QB Aspinwall finished 13 of 35 for 153 yds and an interception.  RB Niles Mittasch rushed 22 times for 64 yds and caught 2 passes for 19 yds.   And Safety Nick Dominelli had a big night with an interception, a fumble recovery and numerous tackles. 

Pasadena, which entered the game ranked #1 in Southern California and #6 nationally by JC Grid-Wire, ups its record to 5-0.  Orange Coast, which entered tied for #18 in Southern California, falls to 2-3.

Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 7 p.m.
at Robinson Stadium (PCC), Pasadena, CA
A Mission Conference (Northern Division) Game

Pasadena City College (Lancers)  14
Orange Coast College  (Pirates)  6

1st Quarter:
No Scoring

2nd Quarter:
OC – FG Sheridan 27 yds 6:30 -- 0-3

3rd Quarter:
P – Harrison 19 yd run (Timchenko kick) 12:45 -- 7-3
OC – FG Sheridan 40 yds 9:23 -- 7-6
P – LoVett 2 yd run (Timchenko kick) 5:17 -- 14-6

4th Quarter:
No Scoring

Team Statistics: Pasadena Orange Coast
First Downs 24 (5 pass;16 run; 3 pen) 18 (5 pass; 10 run; 3 pen)
Rushes – Yards 42-275 33-93
Passing Yards 100 153
Comp - Att – Int 12-22-2 13-35-1
Return Yards 122 106
Sacks – Yards 2-14 2-4
Fumbles – Lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties – Yards 13-96 12-99
Time of Possession 28:01 31:59

Individual Statistics:

P:  3-Harrison 19-133, 2-LoVett 9-66, 5-Kennett 9-65, 1-Hartsfield 4-14, 12-Rattay 1-(-3)
OC:  25-Mittasch 22-64, 29-Mahelona 8-26, 35-Pettit 2-8, 16-Aspinwall 1-(-5)

P:  2-LoVett 12-21-2-100; 12-J.Rattay 0-1-0-0  
OC:  16-Aspinwall 13-35-1-153

P: 19-Thomas 4-47, 13-Pittman 3-28, 5-Kennett 3-19, 3-Harrison 2-6
OC:  8-Menke 3-16, 23-Gonzalez 2-23, 25-Mittasch 2-19, 9-Walker 1-30, 86-Isais 1-20, 81-Bare 1-16, 13-West 1-13, 12-Rose 1-9, 35-Petit 1-7

P:  43-Timchenko 3-38.7 avg
OC:  97-Sheridan 6-34.0 avg; 39-Brescini 1-37

Kick Ret:
P:  22-Price 2-51, 32-Larry 1-25
OC:  21-Hawkey 2-29, 23-Gonzalez 1-50

Punt Ret:
P:  22-Price 2-14
OC:  none

Int-Ret Yds:
P:  22-Price 1-32
OC:  47-Dominelli 1-29, 27-Calloway 1-0

Fumble Rec-Yds:
P:  44-Romero 1-0
OC:  47-Dominelli 1-0, 58-Meers 1-0

P 2:  6-Griffin 1-9, 48-Oliver 1-5
OC 2:  53-Miller 1-2, 59-Jahid 1-2

Missed FG:
P:  43-Timchenko 20 yds (wr), 47 yds (wl)           

Pasadena entered 4-0, ranked #1 in South, #6 JCGW; Orange Coast entered 2-2, ranked t-#18. Rattay started at QB for PCC but inj his rt knee on PCC's 2nd play from scrimmage.  His status for the rest of the season is unknown at this time.  Key play of the game:  OCC had 4th and goal at the 4 with 7:01 left but Aspinwall was sacked by Oliver on the play.  On OCC's 1st scoring drive, they went 72 yds in 9:29.  They reached the 1 yd line but a grounding penalty pushed them back to the 10 for the FG.  Griffin got credit for the sack on the grounding penalty.  Timchenko had a 70-yd punt in the first half.  He missed his 20-yd FG when he kicked it straight along the right hash marks (where the ball was placed).  His 47-yarder had the distance.  Sheridan's 40-yd FG had about 20 yds to spare on the distance.  Brescini's punt was downed at the PCC 1 yard line.  LoVett and Harrison were backups when the game started but they ended up playing big roles.

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