Cal Lutheran Takes SCIAC Opener Over Pomona-Pitzer

Cal Lutheran Takes SCIAC Opener Over Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. - Matthew Arve had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter to put Cal Lutheran ahead 14-0, and the Kingsmen went on for a 42-7 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday afternoon in the SCIAC opener for both teams at Merritt Field.

With the win, Cal Lutheran improves to 1-2 on the year, and 1-0 in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer slips to 0-3 on the year and 0-1 in league play.

Sophomore running back Brett Harper had a solid day for the Sagehens in the loss, tallying 75 yards on 17 carries and scoring the lone Sagehen touchdown. Senior wide receiver Duncan Hussey had seven catches for 63 yards, while freshman quarterback Alex Bresler saw his first college action and threw for 100 yards.

The lone Pomona-Pitzer score came right after the half, as junior defensive back Vince Morgan forced a fumble from Wayne Chapman, which was recovered by senior linebacker Nick Sbardellati at the Cal Lutheran 40-yard line. Bresler led the team down the short field, and Harper was able to rush the ball in from five yards out.

Cal Lutheran answered right back, though, with a nine-play 70-yard drive, culminating in a nine-yard pass from Cameron Deen to Brent Stevens to make the score 28-7. Chapman scored his second touchdown of the day from 24 yards out 16 seconds into the fourth quarter to effectively seal the win.

Arve finished with two interceptions for a combined 54 yards in returns and a touchdown, while also breaking up two passes. Senior linebacker Kyle Roskamp led the Sagehen defense with 11 tackles, while junior linebacker Matt O'Connor had eight tackles and a sack.

Deen finished completing 17-of-23 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns for Cal Lutheran, while Chapman had 91 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns on the ground.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next week for a 1 p.m. game against Chapman.