Stags Make Miraculous Comeback, Take Sixth Street Rivalry

Last Saturday, Nov. 12, on an unusually hot November afternoon, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (7-2, 5-2 SCIAC) took on the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (6-3, 5-2 SCIAC) for the 59th edition of the Sixth Street Rivalry game. The Stags came out on top, winning 23-21 after nearly giving up their commanding first-half lead, bolstering their all-time series lead to 39 wins over the Hens’ 24.

“I thought it was an amazing way for our team to end the season,” CMS quarterback Trey Reynolds CM ’17 told TSL. “It's always great to beat Pomona and our senior class is extremely lucky to have beaten them every year that we have been here.” Reynolds ended his CMS career on a high note, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

“I am excited for our senior class. They graduated winning 17 of their last 21 games and 4-0 against Pomona. They have worked hard and are an exceptional group of men,” commented CMS head coach Kyle Sweeney. “I was very happy with how our team performed on Saturday.  Our defense was outstanding and our guys played with a lot of fight and showed the resolve we have seen all year.

However, the Hens did not go down easily. The Stags shut them out in the first half, but the Hens came back strong in the second half on the shoulders of quarterback Edward Sias PZ ’19, who threw for a career-high 330 yards and scored three touchdowns. Unfortunately, they were not able to make up the entire difference.

“[We] gave it everything we got, but we just came up a little short,” Sias said. “Defense played well and gave the offense chances to put points on the board throughout the game. Offensively, we were able to move the ball down the field but couldn't finish as well as we wanted to in the red zone.”

Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Roger Caron acknowledged that CMS was able to take advantage of some key opportunities to get the win, but admired the Sagehens’ resilience. “Our effort, as always, was outstanding, as evidenced by the late run to nearly win the game.”

Both Caron and Sias mentioned the SCIAC pre-season coaches’ survey, in which P-P was picked to come in last in the conference, and the great senior presence that led the team to exceed expectations with a second place finish.

“That poll motivated all of us to play at a higher level and prove the polls wrong. The immense support from family and fans was another source of motivation for the team. I would also like to thank the Seniors for leading our team this season and being role models for the underclassmen,” Sias said.

The future remains bright for both the Stags and Sagehens, who will begin next season in good positions to resume the quest for the SCIAC title.