Football: Sagehens Fall Short To Cal Lutheran 28-24

Football: Sagehens Fall Short To Cal Lutheran 28-24

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team fell short on fourth and goal to lose to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Cal Lutheran 28-24 on Saturday night at Rolland Stadium.

Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in SCIAC play.

The Sagehens were led by Karter Odermann who led the team in passing and rushing yards with 167 through the air and 93 with two touchdowns on the ground.  Win Hunter continued his impressive receiving play as he went for 140 yards on 12 catches and Ryan McGee had 95 yards in his return.

Adam Webber led the defense with eight total tackles while the defense came away with three turnovers with Tate Tussing and Elan Harris getting interceptions and a fumble recovery by Eric Smith.

The Sagehens forced a punt on the opening drive of the game and came away with points on their first offensive possession with Chase Redd hitting a 44-yard field goal to five the Sagehens a 3-0 lead. Cal Lutheran came back with a one-yard touchdown run to cap off their drive but the Sagehens ended the first quarter with a 10-yard quarterback run from Odermann to give Pomona-Pitzer a 10-7 lead.

 The Kingsmen came back to take their first lead of the game after a 27-yard touchdown pass but Odermann struck again for his second rushing score of the night to cap off a 9 play 78-yard drive to take a 17-14 lead with 10:50 to go before half.

Pomona-Pitzer added one more touchdown before halftime as Nick Kapule came in to toss a five-yard touchdown pass to Mark Carling to extend the lead to 24-14 at the half.

The Sagehens struggled on offense in the second half that left the door open for a Cal Lutheran comeback. After a missed field goal attempt, the Kingsmen came back down the field to score the only score of the third quarter to cut the lead down to 24-21.

Pomona-Pitzer's defense stayed strong for the majority of the third and fourth quarter but the Kingsmen had a chance to tie or take the lead with a late drive in the fourth quarter. Cal Lutheran went 69 yards in just five plays capped off with a touchdown pass from Eli Peters to Chris Anderson to put CLU up 28014 with 2:05 remaining.

The Sagehens got a good return from Levon Lester and moved the ball down the field to set themselves up for a first and goal on the three-yard line. The Sagehens had four chances to get the ball in the endzone but a stand by the CLU defense gave the Kingsmen a win at home over Pomona-Pitzer.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Whittier College on Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.