By MYLO ERICKSON
The Pima Community College football team lost its road game Nov. 5 against the No. 9 New Mexico Military Institute Broncos in a game played in Roswell, N.M.
The final score was 42-10.
The New Mexico Broncos dominated the first half, scoring 35 points and holding the Aztecs to zero points.
The Aztecs were in control for the second half, outscoring the Broncos 10 points to seven.
Pima’s defense came through with yet another touchdown carry against the Broncos. Freshman cornerback Andrew Fox returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
Freshman kicker Jon Mora finished off the Aztec scoring by kicking his longest field goal of the year, from 53 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Pima’s record is now 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Western States Football League.
The Aztecs will play their final game of the season Nov. 12 at Kino Stadium against Glendale Community College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
Bring a student ID to get a discount on admission.
On Oct. 29, PCC played its best game of the season against the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds, winning the contest 41-10.
Pima’s defense returned three fumble recoveries and one interception for touchdowns.
“Everything just went good for us,” freshman safety Deanthony Easley said.
Sophomore linebacker Andrew Cesarini returned a fumble for 46 yards for the only score of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Thunderbirds answered with their only touchdown pass of the game. Pima’s defense came back out and freshman line backer Clarence Williams returned a fumble 55 yards.
Freshman defensive lineman Maurice Chavis also recovered a fumble in the second quarter, but was unable to return it for a touchdown.
“They threw the ball to the running back and I came up and I just brought the wood to him,” Chavis said about his favorite hit of the game.
Both teams kicked a field goal before the half, with Pima’s Mora making a 40-yard field goal to finish the half with the Aztecs leading 17-10.
In the third quarter, sophomore outside linebacker Devonttay Jones returned a fumble for a touchdown after sophomore safety Adrian Brahler delivered a big hit to a Thunderbird player.
In the fourth quarter, Mora kicked his second field goal of the game from 18 yards out. The final defensive touchdown for the Aztecs came when freshman safety Danell Miles took an interception 21 yards for the touchdown.
“Defense definitely carried us,” freshman cornerback Sam Jones said.
Easley, who was occasionally brought in as a running back, finished the Aztecs’ scoring with an 18-yard run for his first touchdown of the season.
Head coach Patrick Nugent had a positive outlook after his team won.
“I know this is minor, but we’ve guaranteed that we are not going to finish in last place, for the first time in nine years here at Pima,” Nugent said.
The Aztecs planned to concentrate on offensive tactics in preparation for their final two games.
Nugent plans to continue building on his current success in the years to come.