By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College football team finished in sixth place in the final tournament standings and ended the season with a 3-8 overall record.
“Sure it was a tough season but like I’ve said before, there’s no need for pity,” head coach Jim Monaco said.
On a brighter note to the end of the season, Monaco was selected to coach a team Dec. 5 in the Hilo Senior Bowl in Hawaii. Pima defensive coordinator Pat Ryden will join Monaco on the coaching staff.
The Hilo bowl game gathers top players from all of the Pacific islands, including American Samoa and Pago Pago.
“I’m honored to have been asked,” Monaco said. “I really believe it will be a big boost to our recruiting.”
The Aztecs dropped their final game of the 2014 season on Nov. 8 to Mesa Community College 34-17 in the final round of the WSFL consolation bracket.
Sophomore defensive back Max Shepherd had a 99-yard interception return, while sophomore running back Ben Gardner scored a touchdown on a two yard run. Sophomore kicker Tanner Fanning hit a field goal.
Shepherd received the final TEP Aztec Power Player of the week selection for the season. He had four tackles in addition to the interception return.
Pima won in thrilling fashion on Nov. 1, defeating No. 5 Eastern Arizona College 21-20 in double overtime.
The No. 8 seeded Aztecs fell behind early and found themselves down 14-6 at halftime. In the second half, they rallied to force overtime.
Fanning kept the Aztecs in the game with two first-half field goals. Freshman running back Deontay Townsend had a rushing touchdown and sophomore wide receiver Angel Holmes scored a touchdown reception in the second half.
Freshman Cameron Bean secured Pima’s win when he blocked Eastern Arizona’s field goal in the second overtime.
Sophomore linebacker Thomas Romack had 17 tackles (10 solo, seven assisted) and one tackle for a loss of four yards. He was selected TEP Aztec Power Player for the week.