The drought is finally over. The Lancers bounced back from their record-setting 51-point loss, with a confidence-boosting win over the Golden West College Rustlers on Saturday night at Orange Coast College’s LeBard Stadium. This is PCC’s first win since October of last year. The final score was 17-9

The drought is finally over. The Lancers bounced back from their record-setting 51-point loss, with a confidence-boosting win over the Golden West College Rustlers on Saturday night at Orange Coast College’s LeBard Stadium. This is PCC’s first win since October of last year. The final score was 17-9.

“Trust was the key,” said Quarterback Justin Posthuma, who threw for 186 yards and went 18-26 on passing. “Two big defensive plays gave us the boost we needed.”

A play that defined the game came from the Lancers defensive side with 12:13 left in the fourth quarter. The Rustlers had the ball and were threatening to score, but Defensive Lineman Gary London got behind the offensive line and forced the Rustlers quarterback to alter his throw, which was picked off by Defensive Back Trayvon Watson.

“I was reading the keys,” said Watson. “I was listening to the coaches about playing over. [London] put a lot of pressure on their quarterback and as soon as the ball was in the air, I knew it wasn’t on mark and I got there in time to make the catch.”

The big interception let the Lancers confidence sore, as they were quick to capitalize and march down the field, ending the drive with a 15-yard running touchdown from Running Back Marciss Grigsby putting PCC up 16-9.

“The team was just in a nice rhythm,” said Grigsby. “[The offense] fed off the defense’s outstanding plays.

Head Coach Fred Fimbres said that the Lancers defense played a big role in the win and the defense had really stepped up. “We’ve been struggling on the defensive end, but they went out there and played very well Saturday,” said Fimbres.

The Lancers sharpened up when it came to third down conversions, going 6 for 13 for which Fimbres gave credit to Posthuma, saying that the star quarterback had played “within himself” and had an all around great game.

Posthuma threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tairen Owens seconds before halftime, giving PCC a 10-7 lead going into the lockers for the first time all season. “It’s a huge difference playing with a lead, than it is playing from behind,” said Posthuma.

Lancer Kicker Martin Magana kicked a 37-yard field goal with 5:12 in the first quarter to give PCC the first points it has gotten in the first quarter this season. Magana said he was ready and knew the team needed the three points. Magana also got the last point of the game, with the field goal that made it 17-9.

“We aren’t afraid to let [Magana] kick,” said Fimbres. “He has a huge range that he can kick from and we trust him.”

Posthuma said that everyone was feeling a big boost of confidence after the game and hoped that it carried over to the next game. He said that the defense’s improvements were a testament to the hard work they were putting into the game.

The Lancers improved their record to 1-5 with the win.

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