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PCC football gets first win of the season, 17-9, over Golden West

Lancers grind out close win at Orange Coast College to improve to 1-5.

October 06, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge

COSTA MESA—Last year, in Pasadena City College football Coach Fred Fimbres’ first year, his team had only three wins, but one of them was in his debut to start the season and another was a signature win in the conference opener against then-nationally ranked Fullerton. This year, five games into the season, coach Fimbres and his Lancers went into their matchup with Golden West College Saturday night still looking for a win of any kind.

Finally, the wait is over, as Pasadena City College got into the win column with a 17-9 nonconference victory over the Rustlers at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Fimbres. “We’ve been talking to the guys every week about trying to play 60 minutes, play a complete game, stay together. I think today, except for a couple miscues, it was good to see the results of them doing what they were asked to do.”

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PCC (1-5) went into the fourth quarter leading, 10-9, with its first win in sight. On the first Rustler possession of the quarter, Golden West drove within 10 yards of the lead before the Lancer defense pushed it back. Andrew Nedrano got a sack for a 12-yard loss. After a false start by Golden West put it back to the 24-yard line, Rustler quarterback Ryan Watson was pressured by Gary London, leading to an interception by Trayvon Watson in the end zone.

The next PCC possession ended with a 26-yard field goal attempt blocked by Rustler Malcolm Smith, leaving PCC clinging to the slim one-point lead. London and Trayvon Watson then did it once again, respectively pressuring then intercepting the Rustler quarterback for a second time. The second fourth-quarter pickoff gave the ball to the Lancers 19 yards from an insurance touchdown. Marciss Grigsby got that score with a 15-yard touchdown run to the right corner of the end zone. The extra-point kick was good, and PCC led, 17-9, with 2:53 to go. The Rustlers, still within one touchdown and a two-point conversion from a tie, frantically drove down the field but came up empty, and the Lancers were winless no more.

“It’s hard work, man. Honestly, I don’t know what to say right now. I’m so shocked right now we won. We’re just going to keep up the good work and keep fighting on,” Trayvon Watson said. “We’ve got four more games to go, and we’re going to win four more games.”

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