CLAREMONT, CA. – Senior Karter Odermann tallied six total touchdowns in the Sagehens' 49-14 rout over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne on Saturday night at Merritt Field.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC play.
Odermann had the offense rolling as he threw for 190 yards going 20-25 with two touchdowns. Odermann added 115 yards on the ground off of 13 carries and punched in four more scores with his legs. Sophomore Nathan Miles led the receivers tonight with 62 yards and a score.
The defense was stellar for the Sagehens as they shut out the Leopards for three quarters and only allowed 264 total yards of offense and forced a turnover. Senior Jack Storrs led the Sagehens with nine total tackles while the Sagehens racked up six sacks with three from sophomore Graham Olson, two from senior Andrew Heffler and one from sophomore Nicholas DelBiaggio. The Sagehens also had one interception by first-year Briggs Garrison.
The Sagehens scored on their first offensive possession as they marched 78 yards on nine plays capped off by a 14-yard pass from Odermann to sophomore Will Radice to take a 7-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer scored on its first three drives of the half as they followed with back-to-back rushing touchdowns by Odermann to jump ahead 21-0 with 10:53 left in the first half.
Odermann added his third rushing touchdown of the half late in the second quarter after a six-play 48-yard drive ended with a four-yard scamper to give the Sagehens a 28-0 lead at halftime.
After forcing La Verne to punt on its opening drive of the second half, the Sagehens punched in another rushing score by Odermann from four yards out to extend the lead to 35-0. Odermann's night ended late in the third quarter after a 21-yard strike to Miles pushed the lead to 42-0 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Leopards finally found the endzone early in the fourth after a long pass set La Verne up for a one-yard rushing score to cut the lead to 42-7. The Sagehens responded with a three-yard rushing touchdown by first-year Kenric Jameison to bring the tally to 49-7 as they looked to run out the remainder of the clock.
La Verne ended the game with a 10-yard rushing score, but the big first half by the Sagehens led by their senior quarterback was enough to secure the big win at home for Pomona-Pitzer.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Cal Lutheran on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m.