Pomona-Pitzer's Rally Falls Short In 29-23 Loss To CMS

Pomona-Pitzer's Rally Falls Short In 29-23 Loss To CMS

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Football team scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but its rally came up short in a 29-23 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the 2013 season finale on Saturday at Zinda Field.

The Sagehens conclude the season with a 2-7 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the SCIAC. CMS pulls even with Pomona-Pitzer in the SCIAC at 2-5 and finishes at 3-6 overall.

Senior linebacker Kyle Roskamp (pictured) ended his career in spectacular fashion with 21 tackles (12 solo) to lead the defense. Senior wide receiver Duncan Hussey added two touchdown receptions in his final game with the Sagehens, after missing the previous three games with an injury suffered at Whittier.

Senior Michael Weil kicked a career best 40-yard field goal to start the scoring just 2:17 into the game, and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Alex Bresler to Hussey gave Pomona-Pitzer a 9-7 lead with 10:25 left in the second quarter. The Stags, though, ran off 22 straight points to go ahead 29-9 in the third quarter.

CMS took control late in the half, as Reynolds scrambled in from one yard out to make the score 13-9, as the extra point was blocked by freshman Julian Roberts. However, the Stags then blocked a Pomona-Pitzer punt and brought the ball inside the five-yard line, when Roskamp, Matt O'Connor, and Brett Lingle/Nick Sbardellati had three straight tackles on the one. However, CMS was able to rush the ball in on fourth-and-goal at the one on the final play of the half to take a 19-9 lead into the break.

Reynolds threw a two-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of the second half to stretch the lead to 26-9, capping off a 70-yard drive and Matthew Aven added a field goal from 27 yards out with 7:31 left in the third to make the score 29-9.

The Sagehens, though, refused to go down without a fight, as Bresler completed a fourth-down pass to Kyle Lee late in the third quatrer and then scrambled 14 yards down to the Stag 12-yard line. After switching ends of the field, Bresler found Hussey from seven yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter to make the score 29-16.

Brian Friel and O'Connor combined on a tackle on third-and-one to give Pomona-Pitzer the ball right back, but CMS stopped the Sagehens right back. Roskamp then stopped a drive with a tackle for a two-yard loss on third down, and Aven missed a field goal from 44 yards.

After Pomona-Pitzer turned it over on downs, Roskamp had tackles on all three CMS plays, including one for a nine-yard loss to give the Sagehens the ball with 3:44 left. Bresler led the Sagehens down the field with two passes to Hussey, two to senior Weston Staubus, and one to sophomore tight end Sean Mulcahy, before sneaking in from a yard out with 1:04 left. However, CMS recovered the onside kick and was able to take a knee and hold on for the 29-23 win.

Bresler finished 15-31 passing for 197 yards, as well as 13 carries for 90 yards on the ground. Hussey caught six passes for 62 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. O'Connor finished with 14 tackles and senior linebacker Nick Sbardellati added seven tackles and a sack.