Pasadena Handled Riverside

Joshua Morgan rushed for 119 yards, while Eldrin Jones passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in his first start of the season as host Pasadena (2-2) tamed the Tigers from Riverside (2-2), 32-15, Saturday afternoon at Robinson Stadium.

This was a true team effort, evidenced by the one series in which Jones had to briefly leave the game with leg cramps in the third quarter.  On came backup quarterback Jonathan Troast, who continued the drive and tossed a 14-yard scoring pass to Titus Mack, giving Pasadena a 25-3 lead late in the third quarter and putting the Lancers firmly in control of the game.

Pasadena led wire to wire, taking a 6-0 lead on its first possession of the day when Morgan scored on a 3-yard pass from Jones with 9:27 left in the first quarter.  Then, after the Lancer defense forced a punt without allowing a Riverside first down, the Pasadena lead went to 12-0 when T. Mack caught the punt at his own 26 and sped through the Tiger coverage for a 74-yard touchdown on the punt return.  A bone-jarring block by Derek Mack eliminated the final Riverside defender, sending Titus Mack on his way to the score.  The extra point was blocked, but the Lancers had a 12-0 lead after one quarter.

Riverside got the only score of the second quarter when Albert Jiminez kicked a 25-yard field goal with 2:08 left before halftime.  The Tigers had just one first down before that drive, but a 34-yard pass from Coy Glass to Jacob Slouka got Riverside into scoring position.  Riverside also drove deep into Pasadena territory in the final minute of the half, but ran out of time and timeouts before they could score, allowing Pasadena to hold a 12-3 lead at the break.

When the third quarter began, Pasadena lengthened its lead quickly when Jones threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Dixon just 2:47 into the second half.  That capped a quick, 3-play drive after Jones ran the second half kickoff back 56 yards to the Riverside 36. 

Then just less than two minutes later, Pasadena got the ball back when Derek Mack intercepted a Glass pass at the Lancer 22.  Then came a 10-play, 78-yard drive that began with Jones under center but finished with Troast throwing the touchdown pass to Titus Mack and making it 25-3.

Riverside got a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter on scoring runs by Benjamin Irwin and Anthony Spencer, but by that time Pasadena was firmly in control of the game.  And Linebacker/Fullback Roman Pula scored on a 1-yard run for Pasadena in the final quarter, making it 32-9 with 5:44 left.

Morgan led a Lancer rushing game that amassed 222 yards on the ground, as the Pasadena offense totaled nearly 400 yards of offense for the day.  Jones completed 15 of 26 passes for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also rushed for 53 yards on 8 carries.  Owen Dixon led all receivers with 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.  And the defense not only limited Riverside to just three points in the first three quarters, but also totaled five quarterback sacks and featured an interception by cornerback Derek Mack.

For Riverside, Glass completed 11 of 26 passes for 182 yards.  Cedric Foster led the Tigers with 50 yards rushing on 13 attempts.  Slouka had 2 catches for 58 yards to lead Riverside receivers.

With the win, Pasadena improves to 2-2 on the season but is now 2-0 under interim head coach James Kuk, standing in for Kenny Lawler (on administrative leave).  The Lancers will host Bakersfield next Saturday at 6 pm in the opening game of the new National Division, Northern Conference. 

The loss drops Riverside to 2-2 after the Tigers began the season with a pair of victories.

Pasadena Lancers 32, Riverside Tigers 15

Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 1 pm - Robinson Stadium - Pasadena

1st Quarter:    

P - Morgan 3 yd pass from Jones (run failed-bad snap) 9:27 (6-0)
P - T.Mack 74 yd punt return (kick blocked) 7:32 (12-0)

2nd Quarter:   
R - FG Jiminez 25 yds 2:08 (12-3)

3rd Quarter:   
P - Dixon 39 yd pass from Jones (run failed) 12:13 (18-3)
P - T.Mack 13 yd pass from Troast (Luevano kick) 5:46 (25-3)

4th Quarter:    
R - Irwin 1 yd run (kick wide left) 12:20 (25-9)
P - Pula 1 yd run (Luevano kick) 5:44 (32-9)
R - Spencer 11 yd run (run failed) 1:49 (32-15)

Team Statistics:
First Downs:  Pasadena 21 (11 rush, 9 pass, 1 penalty), Riverside 14 (5 rush, 6 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds:  Pasadena 42-222, Riverside 33-92
Passing Yds:  Pasadena 176, Riverside 182
Comp-Att-Int:  Pasadena 17-29-0, Riverside 11-30-1
Return Yds:  Pasadena 160, Riverside 202
Sacks-Yds:  Pasadena 5-29, Riverside 2-11
Fumbles-Lost:  Pasadena 2-2, Riverside 2-1
Penalties-Yds:  Pasadena 16-136, Riverside 8-43
Time of Possession:  Pasadena 35:05, Riverside 24:55

Individual Statistics:
Rushing:  Pasadena 20-Morgan 22-119, 14-Jones 8-53, 44-Pula 7-32, 3-Pines 2-17, 43-Corley 2-3, team 1-(-2); Riverside 5-Foster 13-50, 14-Spencer 5-29, 40-Irwin 7-18, 11-Glass 8-(-5)
Passing:   Pasadena 14-Jones 15-26-0-152, 2 TDs; 5-Troast 2-3-0-24, 1 TD;
Riverside 11-Glass 11-26-1-182; 3-Lomonica 0-2-0-0; team 0-2-0-0
Receiving:   Pasadena 1-Dixon 5-69, 12-Carraway 4-49, 20-Morgan 4-27, 13-T.Mack 2-16, 3-Pines 2-15; Riverside 7-Slouka 2-58, 21-Carter 2-46, 14-Spencer 2-11, 80-Marshall 1-41, 8-Ham 1-12, 32-I.Lopez 1-9, 89-Hutchenson 1-4, 5-Foster 1-1
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  Pasadena 8-D.Mack 1-10; Riverside none
Fumble Rec:  Pasadena 12-Carraway; Riverside 37-Murry, 94-Clarke
Sacks-Yds:  Pasadena 90-Grayson 2-10, 44-Pula 1-8, 31-Carruthers 1-6, 55-Falldorf 1-5;
Riverside 52-Browne 1-7, 30-Britton 1-4
Punters:   Pasadena 39-Blevens 3-37.0 avg; Riverside 3-Lomonica 3-33.8 avg; 2-Calhoun 1-39
Kick Returns:  Pasadena 14-Jones 1-56, 4-Palmer 1-26; Riverside 4-Naca 3-98, 8-Ham 3-82
Punt Returns:  Pasadena 13-T.Mack 2-71, 12-Carraway 1-(-3); Riverside 2-Calhoun 2-22

Notes:  Both teams are now 2-2.  6-Counce blocked the extra point for Riverside.  This was Jones’ 1st start of the season at QB for Pasadena.  He left briefly with leg cramps midway through the 3rd quarter and was replaced by Troast, who took 6 snaps and completed the drive with a TD pass.  Riverside tried an onsides kick after its last touchdown but 33-Robinson recovered for Pasadena.  PCC interim coach James Kuk is now 2-0 while subbing for Kenny Lawler (on administrative leave).

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