Pasadena City College’s football season opener vs. El Camino last Saturday night did not go as expected for new head coach Thom Kaumeyer in a tough 31-23 loss.
During the first quarter, the Lancers had a great kickoff return to midfield, setting up freshmen quarterback Jett Evens. Evens and the offense drove 50 yards down the field in eight plays before capping the drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to DaiCorri Briscoe.
The defense had a decent first half, only allowing El Camino 15 points.
“As a defense we started off alright, then we started missing easy assignments, playing lackadaisical and played down to the competition,” said Terry Wilson, a sophomore middle linebacker.
The Lancers were down 15-10 at the half, only scoring three points in the second quarter with a lot of work left to do during the second half.
“First half we played decently, we have a lot of improvement we need to do,” Kaumeyer said.
In the third quarter of the game, the Lancers seemed to struggle on both sides of the ball and the offense wasn’t able to score. The defense gave up 13 points.
“El Camino made adjustments and they exposed us defensively,” said Kaumeyer.
After having a terrible third quarter, the Lancers were in a big hole going into the fourth, trailing 31-10.
After a made field goal by El Camino, the Lancers had another great return to start the fourth quarter and looked to turn up the intensity as a team.
Evens drove the offense down in eight plays, capping off the drive with a one yard touchdown from sophomore running back Justin Carroll. The Lancers went for an unsuccessful two-point conversion. They then trailed 31-16.
PCC went for an onside kick but failed to retain possession.
The Lancers then gained momentum on the defensive side of the ball. The El Camino quarterback made a mistake and threw an interception to sophomore defensive back Robert Morgan that was unfortunately called back due to a offside penalty by the Lancers.
The defense began to come back together like the first quarter and caused a fumble on the snap that was recovered by freshmen defensive back Kendell Jefferson
“We had four personal foul penalties against us two of them were controversial but for the most part we beat ourselves,” said Wilson.
The offense headed back onto the field after catching a break from the offside penalty from the interception that was called back. They took advantage of the opportunity given to them and scored quickly with a one yard touchdown pass to sophomore linebacker Jayln Williams with 1 minute and 19 seconds left in the game.
The Lancers tried for another onside kick, which they recovered successfully. But they were unable to score, ending the game in heartbreaking fashion.
“I was really proud of our team for the way they were able respond in the fourth quarter and really get back in the game and not give up,” said Kaumeyer.
Lancers football looks to bounce back at Robinson Stadium against Grossmont.