Allan Hancock vs East Los Angeles

Hancock's JJ Ramirez turns the corner as he accelerates past the East L.A. defender during Saturday's game in Santa Maria. The Bulldogs host Pasadena today at 2 p.m.

Peter Klein, Contributor

The Pasadena City College football team averages 21.5 points a game.

That's not bad, but the Lancers' defense has leaked a lot. Pasadena has given up 85 points this year.

That's the main reason the Lancers are 0-2 going into their non-league game at Hancock College (1-1). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Lancers play in the American Conference Metro League. The Bulldogs are members of the American Conference Pacific League.

Intercepting passes is one thing the Pasadena defense has been good at. The Lancers have eight picks this year. That's a caveat for sophomore Jimmy Kelleher. Hancock's probable Saturday starter at quarterback has thrown three interceptions this season.

He did, however, pass for 181 yards in a 21-13 home win over East Los Angeles last week after throwing for just 42 in a 21-6 loss at Bakersfield two weeks ago.

The Lancers have had trouble against the run (168 yards a game allowed) and against the pass (351 yards a game allowed).

Meanwhile the Bulldogs, as usual, have gotten ample rushing yardage. None of them have spectacular individual stats, but Hancock is averaging 190 yards on the ground as a team. 

While the Pasadena defense has struggled, the Hancock defense has shown well for the last six quarters after the Bulldogs gave up 21 points in the first half at Bakersfield.

East Los Angeles had just one sustained drive against Hancock last week after the Bulldogs didn't give up any points in the second half of the Bakersfield game.

Last Saturday the Huskies, after moving the ball well on the ground and in the air in a 31-22 win over Orange Coast College, struggled most of the way to advance the ball at all against the Bulldogs.

Linebacker Basiru Jobe, defensive back Domanic Chapa and defensive end Oso Omokaru have helped lead the Hancock defense in the early season.

Jobe, at seven stops a game, is the team's leading tackler. Chapa broke up a pass on fourth down on a last-ditch East L.A. drive and Omokaru, as he was last year, has been a steady presence in opposing backfields.

The sophomore from New Jersey was the Hancock sacks leader last year.

The Hancock defense will have to deal with some capable Pasadena receivers. Stevie Williams had 90 yards in receptions in the one game he played in. Forest Fajardo averages 58 yards a game in receptions for two games, and Kyle Torres averages 57 a game for the year. He has played in two games.   

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