On Saturday, the Lancers traveled to College of the Desert to kick off their 2019 season in which their defense held the Roadrunners to negative rushing yards for the entire game and sacked the quarterback 9 times helping the Lancers to win 22-13.
The Lancers had a back and forth battle with the Roadrunners through three quarters where it was all tied up (13-13) entering the fourth quarter. However, defense prevailed and came up huge in the fourth quarter where they held the Roadrunners to two punts, a safety with a little over eight minutes left, and an interception with just under three minutes in the game to seal the victory.
PCC’s offense was able to emass 235 total yards but turned the ball over 3 times and only scored 2 touchdowns. Defense put up huge numbers, especially by the pass rush, which was led by freshman Craig Francois and returning sophomore Hector Palacios.
Francois is a bounce back from Oregon State so there was never a doubt in his talent level and that was evident in this game. He had 8 total tackles, 4 sacks including one late in the game for a safety which helped seal the game for the Lancers, and is still looking to improve those numbers next week.
“My individual goals are to improve every week and to continue to harass offenses all season, ” said Francois.
Alongside Francois, having an almost identical game was teammate Palacios who also had a big night in which he had 5 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. The two pass rushers are looking to become the most feared tandem on the defense by feeding off each others success.
“I have a friendly competition with Francois on whether who could get more sacks throughout the game, our goal was to have two per half” said Palacios.
Another bright star to shine for the Lancers was Mark Navarro, who is a middle linebacker for the team, he was able to get 6 total tackles throughout the night. Navarro displayed his full capability in pass coverage, run stopping, and tackling abilities. He alongside Francois and Palacios, believe this year’s team is very special and are capable of big things.
“If we want to be a winning team we all have to work hard to get where we want to be, and what I mean by that is to get that ring,” said Navarro. “That’s what we’re all aiming for.”
The Lancers will have a chance to build on their success when they face off against Glendale Community College this Saturday Sept.14 at 7 p.m at Robinson Stadium in Pasadena.