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Defensive lineman, Gary London, sophomore, gets his feet set to tackle Orange Coast’s player in the Robinson Stadium Sept 8

“Obviously we expect to win every game,” Lancer Head Coach Fred Fimbres said after a 27-10 loss to Orange Coast College on Saturday.

The expectations off the field and the performance on the field proved to be unlike each other, as the Lancers find themselves 0-2, losing their home opener to OCC.

The Lancer football team was able to fix its turnover problem from the previous week, but was unable to prevent a costly number of penalties from being called.

The Lancers have been highly penalized in their first two outings, racking up 153 yards last week and 169 yards in penalties this week.

“Penalties are part of the game,” Fimbres said, “We just need to control how we play and not allow the penalties to get us flustered.”

Fimbres said the Lancers ran the ball efficiently and wanted the identity of the offense to be focused on the running game.

PCC’s running game was solid with 137 yards rushing and no fumbles – a vast improvement from 42 yards rushing and four fumbles last week.

With Marciss Grigsby having 14 rushes for 70 yards, Zander Anding having 20 rushes for 63 yards, and a few rushes for Zach Sinclair, the Lancers have a stable of running backs that could relieve the anxiety of their coach.

While running the ball is the first used and most effective tactic, “penalties and negative plays create a different situation, pushing us back and forcing us to throw,” Fimbres said after the game, “but we didn’t lose the game because of our second string quarterback.”

PCC held out its starting quarterback Justin Posthuma due to an injury, but freshman Zeek Julien managed the game well.

Julien looked poised in the pocket, displayed athleticism and awareness, and showed strong mental fortitude continu

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Chetachi Jackson, #2 freshman wide reciever, breaks around the tackle made by freshman running back, Zander Anding, at Robinson Stadium Sept. 8

ing to confidently throw after he had three perfect passes in a row dropped by his receivers.

He scored the only Lancer touchdown with a quarterback keeper.

Overall the ability to score when we get the ball in the right area is key, according to coach Fimbres. “With so many guys who haven’t played a lot, a positive is that we’re getting more experience,” he said.With an inability to prevent the Pirates from scoring, struggling to function in the redzone, and having an aptitude for committing penalties, PCC needs all the experience it can get.

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