Last season the Lancer football team wouldn’t have what one would call a successful season. But, PCC is going for a smashmouth game next season, with the defensive emphasis in controlling the line of scrimmage, and a ground-and-pound run game.
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Lancer starting center Jase Toomalatai prepares for the upcoming season with blocking drills as Karl Lele looks on at Robinson Stadium on Wednesday.

It’s almost that time of the year: Football season. A game of chess played by giants. Last season the Lancer football team wouldn’t have what one would call a successful season. Plagued by injuries, by the end of the season the team was down to its fourth-string quarterback, a less-than-stellar running back corps depleted by injuries, and a defense that gave up.  The team went 3-7 for the year.

Despite this, the team still experienced encouraging bright spots. In the first game of the season Quarterback Justin Posthuma threw for a school record 96-yard touchdown pass in the team’s 49-28 decimation of Glendale Community College.

Then, PCC upset the No. 3 ranked Fullerton College with the poised arm of third-string QB Zeek Julien and a viciously hard-hitting defense.

“We ended the season strong, and we look to improve on the way we finished,” said Steve Ruedaflores, defensive

coordinator.

Under Ruedaflores PCC employs a 4-3 pro-style defense that relies heavily on linebackers and defensiv

e ends. “The integrity is in the defensive

line and we have a lot of talent in that area,” he said.

Essentially, PCC is going for a smashmouth game next season, with the defensive emphasis in controlling the line of scrimmage, and a ground-and-pound run game.

Offensive Coordinator Shannon Silva is looking to change the pass-heavy offense that the team employed last year into a more conservative style that focuses on the running game.

“We’re expecting someone to step-up,” Silva said. “We have so much talent right now that we don’t know who’s going to be the No.1 guy.”

The Lancers will also be changing conferences this season. “We’ll still be playing in the top level,” Silva said. “Each team on the schedule is highly competitive.”

PCC will not play long-time rival Mt. SAC.

Hopes are high for this squad. “We’re bigger, faster, and stronger than last year,” Ruedaflores said. “We expect to win every football game.”

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