Aztecs bounce back after loss


The Pima Community College football team (5-2, 4-2 in ACCAC) snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Scottsdale Community College.

Sophomores Wesley Payne and Donovan Moore made a difference on the ground as they each scored two rushing touchdowns in Pima’s 45-17 win on Saturday.

Moore scored two quarterback keeper touchdowns to help set the tone in the first half. Freshman Paul Davis had a 10-yard interception return to put the Aztecs up 14-0. Moore would score another rushing touchdown in the second quarter, putting Pima up 21-14 at halftime.

Payne scored on a 6-yard touchdown to make it 28-14. Scottsdale kicked a field goal on their next possession, but the Aztecs scored 17 unanswered points. Sophomore Eric Dedrick connected with quarterback and fellow sophomore, Kian Homme on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-17. Payne scored his second rushing touchdown with 1:46 left in the third quarter from two-yards out to make it 42-17

Slot receiver Moore was named Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 122 yards on 16 carries with two rushing touchdowns.  Moore who also served as the quarterback, went 8-15 with 108 passing yards.

Linebacker Payne was named Defensive Player of the Week after having 16 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle-for-loss.

Pima was unable to get its offense rolling against Arizona Western College at Kino North Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3, resulting in an Aztec loss 20-10.

Down 7-0 entering the second quarter, the Aztecs scored on the first drive when freshman Nathan Farmer kicked a 21-yard field goal to cut the deficit. Later, the Aztecs capitalized on three Arizona Western penalties as they scored on a nine-play drive. With 2:08 remaining in the half, Sirgeo Hoffman ran into the end zone for Pima’s lone touchdown of the game.

On its first possession of the third quarter, the Aztecs had a punt miscue leading Arizona Western to score a touchdown two plays later to take a 17-10 lead.

The Aztecs had two drives that began deep in Arizona Western territory but were unable to take advantage in the possession. They recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff which put them on the Arizona Western 25-yard line; Homme threw an interception in the end zone.

After Darrell Clark had a 20-plus yard drive. Homme threw his second interception of the game.

With the loss, Pima dropped to 4-2 and is tied with Arizona Western in the conference standings.

Freshman running back Sirgeo Hoffman looks for the gap against New Mexico Military Institute. Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics.
Andrew Paxton

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