Sagehens stump the Stags, retain Sixth Street Rivalry trophy

Quarterback Jake Norville CM ’21 makes a run in the CMS v. P-P game Nov. 10. (Elinor Aspegren • The Student Life)

The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (7-3, 5-2 SCIAC) won the Sixth Street Rivalry game for the second consecutive year, defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-3, 6-1 SCIAC) 24-19 last Saturday.

The Sagehens entered the game with the chance to reach a seven-win season for the first time since 1999, while the Stags hoped to make history of their own by securing an undefeated SCIAC record. A CMS victory would have also given them the outright conference title, but with the loss, they settled for a tie with Redlands.

Running back Levon Lester PZ ’21 runs the football away from Lukas Svitek CM ’20 in the CMS v. P-P game Nov. 10. (Elinor Aspegren • The Student Life)

The game was close throughout, with CMS hitting a field goal early in the fourth to take a 13-10 lead. However, each time it appeared that the Stags might capture the game, the Sagehens responded with a score of their own to put the contest back in their favor.

Following the CMS field goal, P-P found the end zone twice, taking a commanding 24-13 lead with little time remaining.

CMS did not go down without a fight, putting together an impressive drive to close the deficit to 24-19.

However, it was too little too late for the Stags. They had the ball with 47 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, but the game was sealed when Elan Harris PO ’19 came away with his league-leading sixth interception.

With their retention of the Sixth Street trophy, the Sagehens finished the season 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the SCIAC. The Stags hope to bounce back quickly as they take on Whitworth this Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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