Football: Defense stands tall in thriller

By ARMANDO HARMON

The Aztec defense manages to hold on until the end.

Sept. 23: PCC 21, Air Force Prep 14

The Aztecs of Pima Community College (2-3) put on a last-minute thriller as the defense stopped the Huskies in the fourth. The team escaped with a win when they hosted the Huskies at Kino North Stadium.

While the second half was rough for the Aztecs on offense, they were able to hold on to beat the Huskies 21-14.

With 41 seconds left on the clock, the Huskies had the ball on their own 20-yard line. They were able to grind it out for two first downs, but they were denied any more progress as time expired.

Early in the fourth, the Huskies cut Pima’s lead to seven when McDonald scored on a 25-yard run with 9:14 left in the quarter.

Freshmen Challen Faamatau played a great game defensively, as he had two interceptions. With one of his interceptions, he picked off the Huskies quarterback, Nolan McDonald and took it to the house for a 36-yard touchdown. The score extended the Aztec lead to 21-7 with 2:11 left in the second quarter.

Faamatau’s first interception occurred in the first quarter, which set up the Aztecs on the Huskies’ 35-yard line. Freshmen running back DeMarco Corbin scored a 3-yard run after three straight rushes to tie the game at 7-7.

In the second quarter, with the game tied at 7-7, sophomore Kaelin DeBoskie gave the Aztecs great field positions as he returned a punt to the Huskies 38-yard line. Freshmen quarterback  Jordan Mariteragi connected with freshmen Larry Rembert for the 15-yard score with 2:36 left in the half. The Aztecs were up 14-7.

“We won, defense worked really hard,” head coach Jim Monaco said. “We still have to fix some things offensively, but I rather fix them going into our bye week with a win.”

Mariteragi only played in the first half because of a separated shoulder, and freshmen Caleb Ryden took over for the rest of the game.

The Aztecs enter their bye week next week and play at Eastern Arizona College on Oct 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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