A costly 15-yard penalty proved to be the beginning of the end for PCC football against Moorpark College Saturday when the Lancers blew a first-half lead and wound up losing 52-26.
Pasadena started off strong in the first half leading the game 20-17 in their fourth SCFA National Northern League game since the start of the season.
During the first quarter, Moorpark led by three points, but the Lancers started out strong in the second quarter when quarterback Jett Even completed a pass to freshman Adrian Fonoimoana-Hall for 9 yards, leading to a touchdown.
Even was a strong presence on the field, completing pass after pass. The starting quarterback completed 22 out of 42 attempts for 219 yards overall. However, his efforts weren’t enough to make up for the personal foul that set the Lancers back 15 yards to the 50-yard line at the beginning of the third quarter.
“It was towards the end and someone had said something,” said head coach Thom Kaumeyer. “We got a penalty for 15-yards and instead of on the 35 they were kicking on the 15.”
Moorpark took advantage of the penalty to complete a touchdown within the first couple of minutes into the second half.
This trend continued with the Raiders scoring 21 unanswered points and by the end of the third quarter they were ahead by 18 points.
Although the Lancers were able to score six points during the last quarter, it was not enough to put them ahead of the Raiders and the game ended with a 26-point gap.
“We’ve been doing this all year where we have spurts and defensively we’ve played well,” said Kaumeyer.
Linebacker Jalyn Williams, who recorded 11 tackles, and linebacker Sean Cowell who chipped in five tackles and a sack, both played well on defense.
Despite the loss, the Lancers received good news this week when the SFCA announced a forfeit victory for the PCC football team from Los Angeles Harbor due to an ineligible player used by the Seahawks back on September 19. This brings the Lancers overall record to 2-6.
The Lancers play Allan Hancock College this Saturday in the Homecoming Game at Robinson Stadium. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. For fans that want to celebrate both Halloween and football, come dressed in a costume to be admitted to the game for free.