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PCC football flirts with upset in conference loss

Lancers commit turnover on verge of scoring go-ahead touchdown at Ventura.

November 03, 2012|By Andrew J. Campa

VENTURA -- Despite dominating several areas of an unexpectedly close game, the Pasadena City College football team was forced to settle for a pat on the back Saturday evening.

The Lancers came agonizingly close to a monster upset, but fell late to Southern California second-ranked Ventura, 27-14, in National Division Northern Conference action at the Ventura College Sportsplex.

With the defeat, the Lancers dropped to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in conference, while the state third-ranked Pirates (10-0, 6-0) concluded the school’s first-ever undefeated season in the program’s 88-year history.

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“Another moral victory, awesome,” PCC second-year Coach Fred Fimbres said in a wry fashion. “I don’t think there was really much difference between Ventura and ourselves other than that last score at the end. We were in the game until that last touchdown.”

The Lancers trailed, 20-14, with 9:53 remaining in the fourth, when they marched 64 yards on eight plays in reaching the Pirates’ 11  at the six-minute mark.

On the cusp of taking the lead, Pasadena’s fortunes instead soured on a second and goal from the 11 when quarterback Zeek Julian (14 for 24 for 175 yards and one touchdown) was flushed from the pocket and flung a pass into the end zone just before being pummeled.

The toss bounced off the hands of leaping receiver Mitchell Crockom in the end zone and was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Scott Wong.

The critical turnover sparked a Pirates drive in which Ventura reached the Lancers’ nine-yard line for a fourth and two with 1:54 remaining.

Rather than kick a field goal, Ventura instead handed off to sophomore running back Kendall Worth, who broke two tackles behind the line of scrimmage in picking up three yards and a first down.

Three plays later, Worth scored from three yards, which allowed Ventura to exhale as the Pirates led, 27-14, with 1:14 left.

The touchdown was the second of the half for Ventura, which outscored PCC, 14-0, and took the lead for good, 20-14, on a four-yard scoring run from backup quarterback Chase Smith with 4:49 left in the third.

Pasadena dominated in nearly every statistical category in picking up eight more first downs than Ventura, rushing for 99 more yards, passing for an 105 additional yards, while converting two more third-down chances, three more fourth-down tries and yet still losing.

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