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Cougars open conference play with 54-10 win over Pasadena

Posted: September 28, 2013 9:56 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2013 9:56 p.m.

COC quarterback Jake Dashnaw runs against Pasadena. Photo courtesy of Philip Baguiao/ College of the Canyons Sports Information.

PASADENA – Granted, it wasn’t College of the Canyons football’s stiffest competition and the Cougars have their two-quarterback system. But Jake Dashnaw certainly played like he wants to be the Cougars’ only starting quarterback on Saturday night.

Dashnaw was 15-of-20 for 262 yards, with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in COC’s National Division Northern Conference-opening 54-10 victory over Pasadena City College at Robinson Stadium.

It was COC’s third consecutive victory and the Lancers’ fourth consecutive loss to start the season. The Cougars are 6-0 all time against PCC.

The 44-point victory was the biggest margin of victory for the Cougars since Sept. 19, 2009 when they beat Los Angeles Valley College 59-7.

“It’s a double-edge sword how guys handle success,” said COC head coach Ted Iacenda of the Cougars’ 3-1 start to the season. “We have to go forward with the right mind set. We’re not satisfied. Three and one is great, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be.”

The COC offense scored 26 points with Dashnaw under center in the first and third quarters.

The Cougars were best in rhythm with him at quarterback in the first quarter, as COC built a 20-3 lead in the game’s first frame.

With Tony Dawson in in the second quarter, the Cougars turned the ball over twice, including a lost fumble by Dawson inside the 5-yard line, and didn’t score. However, Dawson was constantly under pressure and was sacked four times.

He ended up with a strong game, though, rushing for 68 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown run and finishing 6-of-10 for 87 yards.

Iacenda said one can’t judge the COC quarterback position by one game.

“We’re building with two freshmen quarterbacks,” Iacenda said. “They both bring something to the table and teams have to prepare for both of them.”

Dashnaw said the Cougars are stronger with a two-headed quarterback.

“I got put in better situations (today),” Dashnaw said. “And we’re winning games (with both playing quarterback).”

Defensively, the Cougars had another dominant showing one week after shutting out Desert in a 17-0 victory.

COC scored 21 points off of turnovers, including defensive lineman Cory Harris’ interception of a Darrian Cazarin pass that he returned 53 yards for a touchdown with 55 seconds left to play in the first quarter, which gave the Cougars a 20-3 lead at the time.

The Cougars surrendered just 224 total yards and put the clamps on Cazarin, who was 8-of-18 for 77 yards.

COC forced four turnovers in the game and had six sacks, with two each from Robert Cuba and Joey Cicoria.

The Cougars started fast in the second half with a Dashnaw touchdown hookup of 31 yards to Travion Tucker with 13:23 to play in the third quarter.

COC led 26-3.

Pasadena answered with a 28-yard touchdown from Cazarin to Marcus Green on the next possession to cut the lead to 26-10.

The Cougars then rattled off the next 28 points to close out the game.




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