CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Football team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Cal Lutheran 43-38 behind senior Karter Odermann's six touchdown night on Saturday afternoon at Merritt Field.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Odermann who had a heroic performance as he tallied six touchdowns for the second-straight week to lead his team to victory. Odermann threw for 260 yards going 14-28 with two touchdowns as well as ran for four scores and 203 yards on 23 carries. Junior Win Hunter had a career night with 155 yards receiving off of six catches and one touchdown of 75 yards.
The defense came up huge in the second half as they only allowed 10 points combined in the third and fourth quarters. The secondary had their hands full as Cesar De Leon threw for over 550 yards through the air with four touchdowns but suffered seven sacks by the Sagehens defense as Alexander Sweet, Josh Portnoy, Alex Gold, Adam Webber, Graham Olson, Andrew Heffler and Nicholas DelBiaggio all got their hands on the quarterback in the backfield. Tate Tussing led the Sagehens with 14 total tackles while Levon Lester ended with 13 and Jack Storrs with 11.
Pomona-Pitzer set the tone early on after the opening drive of the game stalled out for the Kingsmen, the Sagehens blocked the attempted field goal and responded with a nine-play 80-yard drive capped off by a 17-yard touchdown run by Odermann to take a 7-0 lead. An offensive explosion ensued between the two teams in the first half as the Kingsmen responded with a three-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.
Each team tallied touchdowns on their next possessions after Odermann capped off a six-play 89-yard drive with a one-yard rush, but Cal Lutheran came back with a 35-yard touchdown pass to end the first quarter even with the Sagehens at 14-14.
The Sagehens tacked on a field goal by Winston Li on their opening drive of the second quarter but the Kingsmen had their aerial attack working in the first half as De Leon and Jajuan Thomas hooked up again for a three-yard pass to give Cal Lutheran their first lead of the game at 21-17 with 6:12 left to play before halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer responded quickly as Odermann led the Sagehens with another rushing touchdown, his third of the half, to take a 24-21 lead, but the Kingsmen ended the half with the final score on a 39-yard pass and held a 28-24 lead at the break.
The second half saw its fair share of fireworks as well with the Sagehens breaking open the third quarter with a 75-yard strike from Odermann to Hunter to take a 31-28 lead with just 23 seconds off of the clock. The Sagehen defense followed with a big play as Gold came off of the edge with a strip sack and forced the Kingsmen to turn the ball over and gave the Sagehens a prime scoring opportunity. Pomona-Pitzer cashed in with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Odermann to Cole Barry to take a 37-28 lead with just under 11 minutes to go in the third.
After the two early scores from the Sagehens, both offenses hit a wall as the two teams combined for 10 consecutive punts after seeing only one punt previously in the game. The Kingsmen finally got a score with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter as a field goal cut it down to a one-score game at 37-31.
The Sagehens got the ball back with a chance to run out the clock. Odermann did one better and went 63 yards into the endzone to put the Sagehens up 43-31 and virtually put the game out of reach for the Kingsmen. Cal Lutheran threatened to comeback in the final 1:30 of the game after a 15-yard touchdown pass, their onside kick was unsuccessful as the Sagehens held on for the big win at home.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Whittier on Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 p.m.