Despite a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Lancers were not able to pull ahead of No. 7 ranked Ventura College Saturday night in what marked the third conference loss for the PCC football team since the start of the season.
The Lancers (1-6, 0-3) scored 17 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t avert the rout by Ventura (4-3, 2-1), who prevailed 62-31.
Ventura opened up the first quarter with a 20-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Jones. This set the tone for the rest of the first quarter, with the Lancers trailing behind Ventura 17-14.
The Lancers failed to score any points in the second quarter.
“We were really struggling that second quarter,” said head coach Thom Kaumeyer. “They put us in a bad situation.”
Ventura’s defense and special teams stifled the Lancer’s offense. Several fumbles from PCC didn’t help and the Lancers walked off the field during halftime with the knowledge that they were down 41 points, 55-14.
During the second half, the Lancers were able to regroup.
Freshman Jett Even scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and kicker Simon Simental was able to boot two extra points after a 45-yard field goal.
Even also made an effort to distribute the ball with 36 completed passes out of 66, which helped break the PCC school record for most passes and completions in a game.
“The last two to three weeks he’s done a good job trying to distribute the ball,” said Kaumeyer. “We’ve got to be able to keep doing that consistently.”
Last week, Even also came out strong by completing 24 of 37 passes for 285 yards in the game against East Los Angeles College. He was named SCFA NNL offensive player of the week.
Fresh off a loss, the Lancers are looking to come back with a win against the upcoming home game with Moorpark College this Saturday.
Kaumeyer is hopeful that some of the injured players will be back in action by Saturday, including sophomore Robert Morgan and back-up quarterback Marc Peart.
With only three more games left in the conference, Kaumeyer wants to end strong, but is aware that his team is down several veterans due injuries.
“We can try to get three wins tied together and move on for the following year,” said Kaumeyer. “Hopefully.”