Itâ€™s almost that time of the year: Football season. A game of chess played by giants. Last season the Lancer football team wouldnâ€™t have what one would call a successful season. Plagued by injuries, by the end of the season the team was down to its fourth-string quarterback, a less-than-stellar running back corps depleted by injuries, and a defense that gave up.Â The team went 3-7 for the year.
Despite this, the team still experienced encouraging bright spots. In the first game of the season Quarterback Justin Posthuma threw for a school record 96-yard touchdown pass in the teamâ€™s 49-28 decimation of Glendale Community College.
Then, PCC upset the No. 3 ranked Fullerton College with the poised arm of third-string QB Zeek Julien and a viciously hard-hitting defense.
â€œWe ended the season strong, and we look to improve on the way we finished,â€ said Steve Ruedaflores, defensive
Under Ruedaflores PCC employs a 4-3 pro-style defense that relies heavily on linebackers and defensiv
e ends. â€œThe integrity is in the defensive
line and we have a lot of talent in that area,â€ he said.
Essentially, PCC is going for a smashmouth game next season, with the defensive emphasis in controlling the line of scrimmage, and a ground-and-pound run game.
Offensive Coordinator Shannon Silva is looking to change the pass-heavy offense that the team employed last year into a more conservative style that focuses on the running game.
â€œWeâ€™re expecting someone to step-up,â€ Silva said. â€œWe have so much talent right now that we donâ€™t know whoâ€™s going to be the No.1 guy.â€
The Lancers will also be changing conferences this season. â€œWeâ€™ll still be playing in the top level,â€ Silva said. â€œEach team on the schedule is highly competitive.â€
PCC will not play long-time rival Mt. SAC.
Hopes are high for this squad. â€œWeâ€™re bigger, faster, and stronger than last year,â€ Ruedaflores said. â€œWe expect to win every football game.â€
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