ORANGE, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team opened up their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) season with an impressive 35-7 win on the road at Chapman University on Saturday night.
The Panthers came into this matchup with a 12-1 all-time record against Pomona-Pitzer and this is the first time the Sagehens have defeated Chapman since the Panthers joined the SCIAC. This win also marks the first time the Sagehens have started a season 2-1 since 2009.
The Sagehens were led by Sophomore Edward Sias who threw for a season-high 289 yards and tallied three total touchdowns, Junior Aseal Birir had 69 yards on the ground and 80 through the air and junior Kevin Masini had three receptions for 75 yards.
The Pomona-Pitzer secondary had a fun day against the Panthers as they totaled a record five interceptions against Chapman. Sophomores Adam Hinthorne and Elan Harris each came away with two interceptions and senior Eric Montgomery had one.
The Sagehens opened up the game with a 12 play 85-yard drive that ended with Sias finding Luke Lowell for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Pomona-Pitzer an early 7-0 lead.
The only score of the half for the Panthers came on the ensuing drive as Craddock found Isabel for a 52-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.
Pomona-Pitzer controlled the first half on both sides of the ball as they forced two turnovers on consecutive drives on defense. Hinthorne read the quarterback's eyes and came up with an interception and Harris picked off the Chapman quarterback on a deep jump ball.
After the Hinthorne pick, Sias led the offense down the field and punched in an 11-yard touchdown run to make the lead 14-7 with three seconds left in the first quarter.
After the Harris interception, Sias connected with sophomore Ryan McGee on a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 10 play 89-yard drive to extend the lead to 21-7.
The Sagehens ended the first half on a high note as freshman Karter Odermann punched in a one-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left as Pomona-Pitzer ended their dominate first half up 28-7.
Chapman came out in the second half and began to march down the field to try to get back into the game but Elan Harris came up with his second interception of the game to take the momentum away from the Panthers.
The Sagehens took advantage of the Panthers' turnover and went down the field and converted a fourth and one on the goal line as Ordermann broke the goal line to push the lead to 35-7.
The Chapman offense had no answers to the Pomona-Pitzer defense as they were shutout in the second half.
"It was a great win. It has been a long time coming beating Chapman", said Head Coach Roger Caron. "They have been a premier team in the league and went to the playoffs a few years ago. This team earned this win."
Up Next: The Sagehens next travel to SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran University on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.