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Lancers leave Vaqueros in dust

Football: Early 28-point deficit proves too much for GCC in season-opening loss

Posthuma enjoys triumphant return.

September 06, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

PASADENA — Justin Posthuma hadn't played a football game since his last hurrah as a St. Francis High quarterback nearly two years ago.

Getting his first collegiate start Saturday night with Pasadena City College against Glendale Community College in both teams' season opener at Robinson Field, Posthuma flashed the poise and playmaking ingenuity that made him an All-CIF first-team pick as a senior with the Golden Knights. After rallying the Lancers to a big early lead, Posthuma tossed two second-half touchdowns to seal a 49-28 nonconference victory and cap off a five-touchdown, 323-yard passing performance.

"It's great to get back on the field, it feels good," said Posthuma, who redshirted at UCLA last season.

Posthuma's arm accounted for the first 14 points of the second half — touchdown passes of 12 and 32 yards to Kwajo Bonsu and St. Francis product Ian Hamilton, respectively — the last of which doubled the Lancers' lead to an insurmountable 49-14 margin with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. His drop-back passing ability was on display, evidenced by a 96-yard touchdown bomb in the first half, and he also proved adept at escaping trouble when he scrambled to find an open receiver for another score to end the second quarter.

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"I think we made enough mistakes tonight offensively and defensively for a season's worth," Glendale Coach John Rome said. "Defensively, I thought we missed a lot of tackles and gave them extended play opportunities."

Despite falling behind by 28 points early, Glendale looked to have forced its way back into the game by scoring two unanswered touchdowns on consecutive possessions inside the final 4:30 of the second quarter.

The Vaqueros' defense followed up the second of those scores — a 20-yard strike from quarterback Kevin Hunter (21 of 40 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns) to Eugene Gandara that made the score 28-14 with 1:00 left in the half — with an interception of Posthuma by Osa Aikhionbare in the end zone as the Lancers were knocking once again with a first down at the Glendale 24-yard line.

Instead of taking a manageable deficit into the locker room, however, the Vaqueros ran two more plays, the second of which resulted in a fumbled snap recovered by Pasadena's Khambrell Gomez with 3.9 seconds on the clock.

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