The Lancers football team played solid defense against the Cerritos College Falcons on Saturday, but dropped the ball when it came to offense. The Falcons sent PCC home with an 0-5 record in the 30-5 loss..

“There were some flashes there where we looked pretty well,” head coach Fred Fimbres said. “We fumbled the ball a couple of times and threw an interception… Turnovers really hurt us.”

The offense turned the ball over four times in the game, giving Cerritos great field position. On top of that, they failed to reach the end zone, marking the first time in eight years that the Lancers did not score a touchdown in a game.

PCC’s defense kept giving the offense a chance, even tackling Cerritos punter Osborn Umeh for a 2-point safety at one point in the game, but the Lancers offense couldn’t capitalize.

On a bright note, linebacker Roy Torres and lineman Dalyou Pierson led the way for the Lancers, setting the tone for the defense. Pierson had eight tackles and 1 ½ sacks in the game. Torres had 10 tackles along with a sack.

“It was really [Torres’] coming-out game,” defensive coordinator Carl Lopez said. “He was injured early on in the season and wasn’t able to play as efficiently as we knew he could play. As for [Pierson], he is very consistent with what he gives us. He leads by example.”

Pierson is leading the team with eight sacks on the season and is currently on pace to break the PCC record of 14 sacks in a season (which was set by PCC Hall of Famer Curtis Seagrove in 1966.)

“It’s great to be in that discussion,” Pierson said. “I hope I can get there by going out and playing to my strengths.”

The Lancers will host Golden West College next Saturday. Kickoff will be at 6 pm at Robinson Stadium.

“We have keep trusting each other,” said Pierson. “That is the biggest key. The team has to go out there and execute our game plan.”

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