Football: Sagehens Fall To Chapman 42-40 In Heartbreaking Conference Opener

Football: Sagehens Fall To Chapman 42-40 In Heartbreaking Conference Opener

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team lost its SCIAC home opener on a walk off touchdown to the Chapman Panthers by the final score of 42-40 on Saturday night at Merritt Field.

After a pass interference call in the endzone against the Sagehens was called as time expired, the Panthers were given the ball on the one-yard line with 0:00 on the clock. Joe Mudie was able to find the endzone on an inside handoff as the Panthers walked off against the Sagehens at Merritt Field.

Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens open up conference play with a loss to drop to 1-2 overall and 0-1 to start conference play while the Panthers improve to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play this season.

The Sagehens were led by Karter Odermann who threw for a career-high 282 yards with four total touchdowns on the day as he threw for three and ran one in. Odermann also had 80 rushing yards on the night to lead the Sagehens on the ground. Nick Kapule led the receiving core as he totaled 81 yards on seven catches while Kevin Masini had 73 yards with two touchdowns.

Chapman was led by Ricky Bautista who was 15-21 through the air with 182 yards and a touchdown. Joe Mudie had a nice game on the ground as he ran for 104 yards on 21 carries and found the endzone for the walk off touchdown.

The Sagehens led in every offensive statistical category except total rushing yards and points as they seemed to have had control in every second of this game until about midway through the fourth quarter.

Pomona-Pitzer dominated possession of the football early on as they virtually held the ball for the entire first quarter but after the Sagehens scored on their second possession of the night, the Panthers responded with a 16-play drive to tie the score at 7-7.

A big moment of the first half was after an Odermann touchdown, the Sagehens forced Chapman to punt the ball after three plays on offense with just over one minute to play in the first half. The Panthers snapped the ball over the head of the punter which went as a safety for the Sagehens to push the lead to 16-7. The Sagehens were able to convert their next drive off of the safety into three points as Cameron Coe hit a 33-yard field goal to end the half as the Sagehens were giftwrapped five points from the Panthers and went into the locker room with a 19-7 lead.

The Panthers got the ball to start the second half and scored first as they went 79 yards on 11 plays to cut the lead down to 19-14 but the Sagehens responded with 71 yards on just six plays capped off by a Josh Portnoy touchdown catch to extend the lead to 26-14.

The Panthers and Sagehens exchanged touchdowns again with Aminzadeh finding the endzone for Chapman and Aseal Birir ran in a 14-yard touchdown for the Sagehens to bring the score of 33-28 in favor of the Sagehens.

The turning point of the game was on the Sagehens next possession as they were faced with a 3rd and 18 after a penalty and a sack. Pomona-Pitzer threw the ball down the field and was picked off by Marek Spooner-LeDuff who returned it 65 yards to give the Panthers their first lead of the game at 36-33.

Odermann got the ball back and showed a lot of poise as he led the Sagehens down the field and scored a go-ahead touchdown but gave the Panthers a good chunk of time to work with on their final possession, which they turned into a game-winning drive.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m.