The Pomona-Pitzer Sagecocks jumped out to a 14-10 halftime lead against the Whittier Poets last Saturday, but were unable to hold on through the second half. The Poets scored 27 second-half points for their second win of the season.
Whittier scored on its first possession of the game after P-P failed to convert a fourth down from the Whittier 30-yard line. On the following drive, the Poets were stopped in Sagecock territory and managed to kick a 47-yard field goal to go up 10-0.
With less than seven minutes left in the first half, the Sagecock offense came alive, scoring on a 40-yard run from tailback Luke Sweeney PO ’13. The extra point attempt failed, but the defense followed up by stopping the Poets on four downs, setting up the P-P offense in good field position on their 38-yard line.
This was followed by a 12-play, 62-yard drive, capped by another Sweeney touchdown run (four yards). The defense managed to keep Whittier out of the end zone for the remainder of the second quarter, largely thanks to cornerback Weston Staubus, who made his second touchdown-saving interception of the year.
The Sagecocks, however, were unable to carry their success into the second half. Whittier was able to put together several long scoring drives that slowly took P-P out of the game.
Although the Sagecocks have fallen to 0-4 in conference play this year, there is plenty of hope for the two upcoming games against La Verne and CMC.
“Although we have yet to win a game this season, every team we have faced will tell you the same thing: the Sagehens have a lot of heart,” Alpha Anders PO ’11 said. “These next two weeks give us the opportunity to come together, embrace adversity, and show SCIAC, our schools, and ourselves just how much heart this team has. We will use La Verne as a stepping stone to gain momentum heading into CMS, where we intend to put on a show that should have been playing all season long.”