The football team lost against Southern California’s No. 1 team Saddleback College with a score of 56-21 on Oct. 22 at Saddleback Stadium in Mission Viejo.
The Lancer’s defensive lineman Pone Faleofa scored the first touchdown within three minutes of the game’s start with an 18-yard run after intercepting Gaucho quarterback Ben Gomez’s screen pass.
The Gauchos’ Terrell Johnson scored from a 60-yard pass by Gomez before the end of the first quarter.
Running back Lancer James Owens tied the game in the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown run while Gauchos’ wide receiver Rodney Woodland scored two touchdowns, making the score 21-14.
After the third quarter started, a dense fog rolled in, surrounding the area so the crowd could barely see the Gauchos score five touchdowns within 11 minutes.
Gauchos’ wide receiver Kasey Closs scored one with a 28-yard pass from Gomez. Gomez himself pulled through two touchdowns, one from a 23-yard pass from Woodland and a six-yard run.
Running back James Poole had a 32-yard punt return and finally Woodland scored a 41-yard pass from Gomez.
PCC had one last score in the last quarter by wide receiver Dustin Kalai with a one-yard run.
“The obvious was we didn’t do enough to win.
“However, being involved in the game…there were a lot of positives we can take from it,” said Head Coach Fred Fimbres.
Lancer quarterback Zeek Julien started his first game and completed 22 of 27 passes for 243 yards, holding the second highest accuracy mark ever by a PCC quarterback.
“Our third-string signal caller Julien did outstanding. There were some issues with turnovers, but he deserves recognition. We can only reflect back and continue to get better,” said Fimbres.
PCC dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the National Southern Conference play.
PCC will face Palomar College on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Wilson High School in Escondido.
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