CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team fell short of their first win in over 13 years against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Redlands by the score of 15-13 on Saturday night at Merritt Field. The Sagehens' last victory over the Bulldogs came in 2004 when Pomona-Pitzer won 28-25 at home.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 to start SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Edward Sias who threw for a game-high 279 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Win Hunter had a career day for the Sagehens as he caught 11 balls for 115 yards receiving. The Sagehens defense played a big role in the game as they held the Bulldogs to just 60 yards through the air with one interception by Elan Harris and the defense also came away with two fumble recoveries.
Pomona-Pitzer got the scoring going after a muffed punt by Redlands gave the Sagehens the football inside the 25-yard line, which led to a touchdown connection from Sias to Hunter to give the Sagehens a 7-0 lead.
The Sagehens had two more chances to put points on the board in the first half but failed to convert on two field goal attempts to head into the locker room with a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs were forced to punt on their first possession of the second half but pinned the Sagehens deep in their own territory. The Sagehens chose to pass their way out inside their own five-yard line and the pass was picked off by the Bulldogs setting them up for a prime scoring opportunity. Redlands punched in a one-yard touchdown run by Levi Plante but missed the extra point as the Sagehens stayed on top, 7-6.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Bulldogs struck for their second score of the game to open up the fourth as Plante broke free for 40 yards to the endzone. Redlands opted to go for two but was unsuccessful as they held a 12-7 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer threw its second interception of the game with 12:00 left in the fourth that turned into three more points for the Bulldogs as they connected with a 20-yard field goal to go up 15-7 with 7:35 remaining.
The Sagehens responded with a 12 play drive covering 65 yards that ended with a Joseph Ha 12-yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit down to just two points as the Sagehens lined up for a two-point conversion to tie the game. The Sagehens had a man in the back of the endzone but a terrific defensive play by the Redlands defender tipped the ball away from the receiver as the Sagehens trailed by two.
Pomona-Pitzer got the ball back with a chance to win the game but the Redlands' defense stayed strong as the Sagehens came up short at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent La Verne on Saturday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.