Football: Sagehens Hold On For 21-20 Win Over La Verne

Football: Sagehens Hold On For 21-20 Win Over La Verne

LA VERNE, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne 21-20 on Saturday afternoon at Ortmayer Stadium.

With the win, the Sagehens move to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play this season. The Leopards fall to 1-7 and 1-5 in the SCIAC this season.

The Leopards' defense had an impressive showing against the Sagehens as they held Pomona-Pitzer to its lowest total offense this season at 370 yards.

Sophomore quarterback Edward Sias threw for 168 yards against the Leopards while junior running back Aseal Birir was held to 65 yards, both of which are season lows this season.

Freshman quarterback Karter Odermann had a career-high three touchdowns in the win as he threw for 72 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 47 yards with one touchdown on the ground.

Junior Kevin Masini had his first 100 yard receiving game of the season as he tallied a season-high 101 yards on six receptions and also scored a touchdown.

The Leopards got on the scoreboard first late in the first quarter as a 22-yard field goal gave the Leopards an early 3-0 lead.

La Verne took the largest lead of the game as they tacked on its second-straight score of the game as Robert Fernandez punched in a one-yard touchdown to push the Leopards' lead to 10-0 in the second quarter.

The Sagehens responded quickly with a three play 63-yard drive capped off by a 35-yard pass from Odermann to sophomore Ryan Abele to cut the lead down to 10-7.

The Leopards took the last drive of the first half and added three points after a 14 play 69-yard drive on a 23-yard field goal to take a 13-7 lead at halftime.

Pomona-Pitzer came out of the half and out together a nine play 80-yard drive ending with a 23-yard pass from Odermann to Masini as the Sagehens took their first lead of the day at 14-13.

The Leopards came back to reclaim the lead as they scored on the last play of the third quarter with Dallas Parent on a 68-yard touchdown run to give La Verne a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth.

The Sagehens scored the only points of the fourth quarter on their first possession as they ended a 12 play 88-yard drive with a two yard touchdown by Odermann to hold a one-point lead over the Leopards at 21-20.

The defense stepped up in the fourth quarter as they held on to a one-point lead for almost nine minutes to end the game.

The Leopards had a chance to get the ball back as they had the Sagehens pinned back in their own territory with a 4th and 2 at the Sagehens own 25 yard line with 40 seconds remaining on the clock. On the ensuing punt, the Leopards committed a running into the kicker penalty which allowed the Sagehens to hold on to possession of the football and run out the clock for their sixth win of the season.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the annual Sixth Street Rivalry on Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. The winner of this game will finish in second place of the SCIAC.