By MYLO ERICKSON
The Pima Community College football team was unable to make a comeback in a 35-17 contest against Glendale Community College on Oct. 20.
Freshman quarterback Max Shepard got the start over sophomore Quinn Rollerson.
“He did a good job last week in the early going,” head coach Patrick Nugent said of Shepard. “Plus it’s nice to be able to go to Rollerson if we have to.”
Sophomore wide receiver Alex Hanover had a 67-yard reception for a touchdown, freshman running back Joe Pizzuto had a 20-yard touchdown run and sophomore kicker Adam Valenzuela made a 25-yard field goal.
Pima cut Glendale’s lead to 11 with 10:34 left in the game. However, the Gauchos reached Pima’s end zone with five minutes remaining, closing the door for the Aztecs.
It was the sixth loss in a row. The team’s season record is 1-8.
In an Oct. 13 game, the Aztecs were unable to collect a victory against the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes. The final score was 44-21.
“Hands down to the defense, they play lights out every game,” Rollerson said.
The Aztecs never led, but tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter when freshman running back James Colbert had an 11-yard touchdown run.
Colbert also had a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to get Pima within seven points of Scottsdale.
“We’re a strong team first half,” Rollerson said. “One mistake happens and the team collapses.”
The Aztecs got back on the board in the fourth quarter when Shepard scored on a 22-yard run.
“Offense, we are not one unit yet,” Rollerson said. “We haven’t executed that well.”
Valenzuela converted all three of his extra-point attempts.
“We played hard the last couple of weeks,” Nugent said. “If we keep working, maybe good things might happen.”
Pima will have its bye week Oct. 27, then head to Thatcher to take on the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters on Nov. 3.
The team will have two light days of practice and then get the weekend off.
Nugent thinks the time off will be good, as some players need to recover from injuries.
“The players just need to deal with life for a while,” he said.
Nov. 3: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, 6 p.m.
Nov. 10: New Mexico Military Institute, Kino Stadium, 1:30 p.m.