WHITTIER, CA: Pomona-Pitzer compiled its best offensive performance of the season en route to earning a big road win over Whittier 25-13 in Saturday night SCIAC action.
Totaling over 450 yards over total offense, the Sagehens (2-4, 1-2 SCIAC) controlled the game the entire way through to earn their first road win in SCIAC play since the 2013 season. Pomona-Pitzer would open up the scoring with 7:49 left in the 2nd quarter as a 6-yard Aseal Birir rushing TD capped a 12 play 57 yard drive spanning just under seven minutes. The Sagehens took firm control before halftime with a six play 98 yard drive accentuated by Edward Sias' 16 yard TD pass to Ryan McGee to increase the lead to 12-0. In all, Pomona-Pitzer surrendered only 101 yards of offense in the first half to Whittier (0-6, 0-4 SCIAC) while never allowing the Poets to cross the Sagehens' 40 yard line over six drives.
While the teams would only trade drives in the third quarter including Whittier stopping Pomona-Pitzer on 4th and goal, the Sagehens got back in the board only seconds into the 4th quarter with Birir collecting his second touchdown of the night on a two yard to cap a 5 play 34 yard drive. Whittier would respond with an 11 play 68 yard touchdown drive of their own but couldn't get the key defensive stop they needed as Birir would grab his third touchdown of the night on a 12 yard scamper to increase the lead to 25-7. While the Poets bounced back with another touchdown to cut the lead to 25-13 with 3:17 remaining, Birir would polish off an exceptional game by collecting two first downs and 45 yards to allow the Sagehens to run out the clock for their second victory of the season.
Birir finished the game with a season high 189 yards and 3 touchdowns on 36 carries to pace the Sagehen offensive attack. Freshman QB Edward Sias followed up his strong performance against Cal Lutheran with another quality game, going 17-25 for 270 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Brett Harper posted a career day for Pomona-Pitzer, catching eight passes for 144 yards while Freshman Ryan McGee posted career highs in yards (144) and TDs (1) while tying his career high in receptions (4).
"I thought this was a great team win for us" said head coach Roger Caron. "Our players did a great job executing their assignments as well as stepping up to fill holes when we needed them to tonight. I'm proud of the way the guys battled and really put together a complete game and I think it will be great for us going forward. We'll need to rest up and get ready for next weekend but it's good to see the growth starting to show in our players midway through the season."
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday as they host Occidental at 1pm on Merritt Field. Live coverage for the game will be brought to you on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.