Sagehens Take Sixth Street; Reach Seven Wins For First Time Since 1999

Photo by Alaina Woo
Photo by Alaina Woo

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team captured its second-straight Sixth Street Rivalry win with a 24-19 victory over CMS on Saturday afternoon at Merritt Field.

Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in SCIAC play. This is the best finish to a season since the 1999 team finished 7-1 under Head Coach Roger Caron.

The Sagehens were led by junior Karter Odermann who completed 20-26 for 221 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Odermann also led the offense in rushing with 36 yards on 12 attempts and sophomore Win Hunter had a career-day with 136 yards with one touchdown.

The defense came up big again for the Sagehens with Alex Gold leading the way with nine total tackles. Senior Elan Harris had a big game as well with seven tackles and the game-winning interception.

The Sagehens' offense got out to a slow start but was able to strike first off of a 31-yard field goal by Winston Li to take a 3-0 lead in the first. CMS had chances to score in the first but missed a field goal on their first attempt and then turned the ball over on a mishandled snap to squander any chance of getting on the board in the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Stags as the offense began to move the ball down the field on the Sagehens. CMS finished off a long 14-play, 61-yard drive with a 14-yard run to take over the lead at 7-3. The Stags were able to add three more before halftime after the Sagehen defense held CMS out of the endzone that forced them to kick a field goal to take a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.

The Sagehens shutout the Stags in the third quarter and added a touchdown to their score after an eight-yard pass from Odermann to Nick Kapule to tie the game at 10-10 with 10:24 left in the third.

CMS climbed back on top to start the fourth quarter as another field goal gave them a 13-10 advantage but the Sagehens came roaring back on their next possession as Odermann found a connection with Hunter that resulted in two huge plays. First, Odermann found Hunter for 45 yards to set up the Sagehens in great field position. Then Odermann found Hunter again for 42 yards for a touchdown to take a 17-13 lead.

The Sagehens iced the game on their next possession as they got the ball deep into CMS territory and Odermann rolled out and found senior David Berkinsky in the back of the endzone to cap off an 11 play, 68-yard drive to take a 24-13 lead.

CMS came back and scored off of a one-yard touchdown to give themselves life with 1:09 remaining to cut the score down to 24-19. However, the Sagehens recovered the onside kick to drain as much clock as possible. The Stags got the ball back with :47 left to go and no timeouts that forced them to throw the ball deep down the field. Harris was able to cut under a route and pick the ball off for his league leading sixth INT of the season to seal the win for the Sagehens and keep the Sixth Street Trophy at Pomona-Pitzer.

"We have an extraordinary group of student-athletes and assistant coaches in this program," said Head Coach John Walsh. "Our players come in everyday and work hard and buy into what we are trying to do here. They earned it."