Pasadena Beats Cerritos 45-20

Pasadena broke open a close game with 4 touchdowns in a 5-minute span in the third quarter to beat Cerritos, 45-20, and take control of the Mission North race November 16th at Robinson Stadium in Pasadena. Jerome Harrison scored on a pair of long touchdown runs, and Lancer defensive standouts James Griffin, Chuck Jones and Cedric Oliver made big plays to help Pasadena score 26 unanswered points midway through the quarter.

The sequence began with Cerritos facing a 4th and 1 at its own 39 with the score tied 13-13.  Rather than just punt, the Falcons went for a quick-kick by QB Glenn DeBerg.  But Jones reached over the line and blocked the kick, giving Pasadena the ball at the Cerritos 35.  Three plays later, Harrison took a delayed handoff on a Statue of Liberty-type play and burst through the middle of the line and into the end zone, giving Pasadena a 20-13 lead.

When Cerritos got the ball back, it was another Lancer defender who made the big play.  LB James Griffin charged in on a blitz and hammered DeBerg, knocking the ball loose.  DT Thomas Chambliss recovered the ball at the 11, and three plays later FB Allan Kennett powered into the end zone from 1 yard out to make it 27-13.

And when Cerritos got the ball back, the Pasadena defense made yet another big play.  Cerritos' star RB Jermaine Whiten was stopped for a loss, and as he went down the ball squirted free.  DE Cedric Oliver picked up the rolling football at the 15 and carried it in for another Lancer touchdown.  The XPA sailed wide, but now the score was 33-13 Pasadena.  And Whiten re-injured his left ankle on the play, taking his 130 yards rushing to the bench for the rest of the game.

Then, after a Cerritos punt, Harrison punctuated the outburst with a 68-yard touchdown run.  This came at the 5:49 mark of the 3rd quarter, just 4:36 after his 28-yard run had given Pasadena the lead, and made it 39-13 Lancers. 

This all came after an evenly-played first half, evidenced by the 13-13 score at the break.

Pasadena got on the board first when QB Darnell LoVett scored on a 4-yard run on the first offensive possession of the game.  His 4th-down run finished a 9-play, 73-yard drive that took 6:02 to complete.  It was the only score of the first quarter.

Pasadena nearly extended its lead moments later when Cerritos QB Michael Keeling's lateral pass was recovered by Kelvan Price at the Falcon 10.  But Pasadena was unable to capitalize, settling for a 26-yard FGA by Joe Timchenko, which sailed wide right.

Cerritos drew closer on a 27-yard FG by Adam Sonntag, which followed a 48-yard run by Whiten, just under 5 minutes into the second quarter. 

The Falcons took the lead on a 24-yard run by Josh Herrera just under 4 minutes later.  It was a beautifully-designed play with WR Randy Raphiel going in motion towards the right sideline, taking PCC's Kevan Price with him.  With the entire side of the Pasadena defensive backfield now vacant, Herrera followed a pair of blockers around the left side and down the sideline into the end zone.  Sonntag's XPA made it 10-7.

Pasadena re-took the lead on their next possession on a 4-yard run by Harrison.  The key plays on the drive, however, were by QB Darnell LoVett, who scrambled for 32 yards on one play and hit WR Hannibal Thomas for a 34-yard gain on another.  Joe Timchenko's XPA was wide, and Pasadena's lead was 13-10 with just under 5 minutes left in the half.

Sonntag tied the game on a 23-yard FG with 23 seconds left before halftime.  A 41-yard pass from DeBerg to TE Fausto Gonzalez got Falcons deep into Pasadena territory.

Each team scored a TD in the final quarter, but by then the outcome had already been decided.

Harrison, who gained a starting job midway through the season, finished with a game-high 151 yards rushing on 13 carries including 3 TDs.  LoVett had an outstanding game as well with 118 yards rushing on 15 carries (1 TD) and 115 yards passing on 7 of 14.  WR Hannibal Thomas caught 4 passes for 80 yards.

But perhaps the key stat of the entire game was turnovers:  Cerritos 5, Pasadena 0.  And that doesn't include the blocked punt that got things started for Pasadena.

For Cerritos, Whiten had 130 yards on 18 carries before leaving with the ankle injury.  The Falcons' pair of QBs Michael Keeling (5 of 15, 73 yards, 1 TD) and Glenn DeBerg (7 of 12, 76 yards) combined for 129 yards but also each had a fumble lost and an interception. 

With the win, Pasadena moves to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the Division.  They'll play at Long Beach next week with a chance to clinch the division title.  Cerritos falls to 7-2.

Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 7 p.m.
at Robinson Stadium (PCC), Pasadena, CA
A Mission Conference (Northern Division) Game

Pasadena City College (Lancers)  45
Cerritos College  (Falcons)  20

1st Quarter:

P – LoVett 4 yard run (Timchenko kick) 8:58 -- 7-0

2nd Quarter:

C – FG Sonntag 27 yards 10:08 -- 7-3
C – Herrera 24 yard run (Sonntag kick) 6:19 -- 7-10
P – Harrison 4 yard run (kick wide right) 4:56 -- 13-10
C – FG Sonntag 23 yards 0:23 -- 13-13

3rd Quarter:

P – Harrison 28 yard run (Timchenko kick) 10:25 -- 20-13
P – Kennett 1 yard run (Timchenko kick) 8:39 -- 27-13
P – Oliver 15 yard fumble return (kick wide right) 7:45 -- 33-13
P – Harrison 68 yard run (pass failed) 5:49 -- 39-13  

4th Quarter:

C – Bajza 16 yard pass from Keeling (Sonntag kick) 14:42 -- 39-20
P – Brinkley 2 yard run (kick blocked) 1:42 -- 45-20  

Team Statistics: Pasadena Cerritos
First Downs 23 (2 pass; 18 run; 3 pen) 24 (5 pass; 13 run; 6 pen)
Rushes – Yards 42-368 49-239
Passing Yards 115 129
Comp - Att – Int 7-14-0 12-27-2
Return Yards 130 61
Sacks – Yards 3-23 2-17
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 5-3
Penalties – Yards 18-167 15-117
Time of Possession 25:44 34:16

Individual Statistics:


P:  3-Harrison 13-151, 2-LoVett 15-118, 20-Wallace 3-42, 5-Kennett 5-34, 37-Brinkley 4-18, 1-Hartsfield 1-7, 11-Sniewski 1-(-2)
C:  30-Whiten 18-130, 40-Herrera 13-58, 25-Velasquez 9-52, 16-Keeling 6-18, 2-G.DeBerg 3-(-19)


P:  2-LoVett 7-14-0-115
C:  16-Keeling 5-15-1-53, 1 TD; 2-G.DeBerg 7-12-1-76


P:  19-H.Thomas 4-80, 3-Harrison 2-18, 87-Misch 1-17
C:  87-F.Gonzalez 3-53, 11-Bajza 3-36, 7-Raphiel 3-8, 8-Harris 1-14, 15-Kirkpatrick 1-9, 30-Whiten 1-9


P:  43-Timchenko 5-28.4 avg
C:  39-Mackay 4-39.3 avg; 2-G.DeBerg 1 blk

Int – Ret Yards:

P:  18-Bethel 1-4, 22-Price 1-0                  

Fumble Rec-Yards:

P:  22-Price 1-0, 93-Chambliss 1-0, 48-Oliver 1-15


P:  6-Griffin, 84-C.Jones, 15-Bradford
C:  55-Calderon 1½ , 58-Fletes ½

Kick Ret:

P:  33-Valenzuela 2-33, 22-Price 1-26, 98-Hill 1-11
C:  24-Jordan 1-34, 30-Whiten 1-16, 25-Velasquez 1-9

Punt Ret:

P:  22-Price 3-23
C:  10-Allen 1-2

Missed FG:

P:  43-Timchenko 26 yards (wide right)


Both teams entered 7-1 overall, 2-1 in Division.  Pasadena was ranked #4 in South, #9 JCGW; Cerritos was ranked #2 in South, #13 JCGW.  Chuck Jones blocked DeBerg's quick-kick, which turned the game around; Harrison's 28-yard TD soon followed.  Kennett's TD followed Griffin's sack which caused the fumble Chambliss recovered.  Whiten re-injured his left ankle on the fumble Oliver returned for the TD.  Whiten had gone over 1,000 yards rushing for the season earlier in the game.  Keeling started at QB for Cerritos and went 0-5 before DeBerg entered in 2nd quarter.  Both saw time in 2nd half.  Wallace tried the last PCC XPA and it went (low) and straight into the line.

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