by STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College football team (6-3, 5-3 in WSFL) played through a rough first half and held the lead at the break but was unable to maintain the lead in the second half against No. 8 Snow College.
The Aztecs surrendered 28 unanswered points in the third quarter in their 48-27 loss at Snow College on Saturday, Oct. 24 for the WSFL conference regular season title.
PCC went into the second half up 13-10, when Snow College capitalized on the three Pima turnovers in the third quarter while holding onto a 38-13 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Aztecs made a comeback by cutting the deficit in half as sophomore quarterback Kian Homme, threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to freshman Timmy Hernandez. The Aztecs recovered the onside kick with 5:51 left in the game. Deontay Townsend then scored on a 25-yard run to make it 38-27. Snow College scored on a field goal and a pick-6 to seal the victory.
After a nearly three-hour rain delay, the Aztecs defeated Glendale Community College 34-19 at Tucson Magnet High School. The victory put the Aztecs one game behind Snow College and gave them an automatic bid in the WSFL winner’s bracket. Eastern Arizona College defeated Snow 37-27.
Glendale struck first as they returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to put the Aztecs behind early. Pima would find their groove as sophomore quarterback Donovan Moore scored two rushing touchdowns. His first came on a two-yard run to tie the game 7-7. Moore scored his second touchdown on a two-yard run to put the Aztecs ahead 31-10 with 13:07 left in the game.
Moore received plenty of help from fellow sophomore Deontay Townsend, who also ran for two touchdowns. He gave the Aztecs a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter after a two-yard run. The Aztecs marched 95 yards on the drive while sophomore Eric Dedrick made a 30-yard reception to set up the score. Up 17-7 with 1:01 left in the half, sophomore Landry Payne returned a punt to the Glendale 23-yardline. Townsend ran it in for the one-yard touchdown to make it 24-7. The Aztecs led 24-10 at halftime.
Nathan Farmer went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts kicking from the 40- and 31-yard line. Farmer also went 4 for 4 in extra point attempts.
The Aztecs have won six games for the first time since the 2004 season when they finished 9-3 and won the Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl.
The No. 3 seeded Aztecs will play its first WSFL playoff game at No. 2 Arizona Western College on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.