Aztecs struggle to find second win

By BETO HOYOS

The Pima Community College football team (1-6) lost its sixth game of the season on Oct. 11, falling to Glendale Community College 61-28.

“It’s like Dick Tomey says, ‘your character is built in the valley,’ and right now we’re in the Grand Canyon,” head coach Jim Monaco said.

The Aztecs tried to stay close but were down 31-21 at halftime.

Freshman quarterback Kian Homme threw two touchdown passes to freshman Donovan Moore.

Sophomore Rasheed Parks also returned a fumble recovery for a score.

Freshman wide receiver Tristen Foley was named the TEP \Power Player of the Week on Oct. 13. He had 12 receptions for 96 yards and made diving catches during the Glendale game.

The Aztecs made their way down Highway 19 on Oct. 4 to play Scottsdale Community College at Sahuarita High School for a Coaches for Charity event. They lost to the Artichokes 56-20.

“We’re working hard with what we got, and it’s a coaches’ thing also,” Monaco said. “I’ve been pretty tough on my coaches too.”

The Aztecs allowed four touchdowns in the first quarter.

“Those four touchdowns came in four plays,” Monaco said. “It seems to be one thing after another.”

Homme threw two touchdown passes, one to Foley and another to sophomore Matthew Robertson.

With two seconds left, freshman running back Deontay Townsend scored a two-yard rushing touchdown.

Moore was named the TEP Power Player of the Week on Oct. 6 for the second time this season after he lead the team with 11 receptions for 122 yards. He also had three carries for 21 yards and two kick returns for 19 yards.

Moore’s first selection came after Pima’s game at the New Mexico Military Institute on Sept. 6, when he had 11 catches for 98 yards.

Pima will play its final home game of the regular season on Oct. 18.

Despite the losses, individual players have garnered acclaim.

Moore leads the NJCAA in receptions with 62. His 100.1 receiving yards per game top the WSFL conference and is 10th in the NJCAA.

Homme is fourth in the WSFL conference in passing yards with 219.4 per game.

 

On Deck

Oct. 16: Snow College, Kino North, 1 p.m.

Oct. 25: @ football playoffs, round 1, TBA

 

Freshman Stephen Murlow tries to extend his run en route to a first down

Freshman Stephen Murlow tries to extend his run en route to a first down

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