By MYLO ERICKSON
The Pima Community College football team’s losing streak continued as it lost 45-14 against the ninth-ranked Snow College Badgers on Oct. 6.
The Aztecs were the first on the board with a 45-yard touchdown run from freshman quarterback Max Shepard.
Sophomore kicker Adam Valenzuela put the extra point through the uprights stake Pima to a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter Shepard connected with sophomore tight end Spencer Grijalva for a one-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point the Aztecs were up 14-9.
However, that was the last time Pima had the lead as it gave up 36 unanswered points before the end of the game.
Shepard threw for 77 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 50 yards, scoring another TD.
The defense contributed with sacks from freshman lineman Lopeti Fonokalafi and sophomores Maurice Chavis and Devonttay Jones.
Freshman cornerback Mikell Everette collected his third interception of the season.
On Sept. 29, Pima was unable to put any points on the board in a 43-0 loss against the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds.
Pima had six turnovers in the game, including five interceptions.
“Turnovers are killing us,” head coach Pat Nugent said.
The Aztecs kept the game close in the first half, as they held the Thunderbirds to two points in the first quarter and were only down by nine at halftime.
However, the third quarter proved fatal to the Aztecs as they gave up 20 points. The Thunderbirds did not hold back in the final quarter, putting up 14 more.
“We need to promote mistake-free football, or it will be very tough to win in this league,” Nugent said.
Pima is now 1-6 on the season and has lost four games in a row.
The Aztecs will suit up again on Oct. 13 to take on the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes at Sahuarita High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: Scottsdale Community College, Sahuarita High School, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20: @ Glendale Community College, Glendale, 7 p.m.