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October 27, 2011

Sagehens Look For Bounce-Back Weekend At Whittier

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Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Football team will look to regroup after a tough loss to No. 15 Cal Lutheran when it travels to Whittier on Saturday night for a 7 p.m. contest.

The Sagehens (0-6, 0-3 SCIAC) were coming off a last-minute 42-35 loss to Occidental, when it had the ball on the Tigers nine-yard line with one second to play and a chance to tie, but Cal Lutheran exploded for a 48-point first half on its way to a 62-7 win.

Whittier (1-5, 0-3 SCIAC) can empathize as it too had a rough day against Cal Lutheran, when the Kingsmen rolled to a 56-0 win over the Poets. Whittier is also coming off a tough 31-30 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, when it had a 24-7 third-quarter lead slip away.

Junior running back Luke Sweeney (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was held to 56 yards rushing by Cal Lutheran, but still holds the national lead in all divisions at 173.8 yards per game, including a program-record 265 yards in the loss to Occidental. Sweeney now has four of the eight top single-game rushing totals in Pomona-Pitzer Football history, and three of them have come this year.

Defensively, junior linebacker Jake Rollins (Simi Valley, Calif. - pictured) gave a heroic effort in the loss to Cal Lutheran as he had a hand in 18 tackles (nine solo, nine assisted). Rollins has led the Sagehens in tackles in each of his first two seasons and took over the lead again this fall with 41.5 (25 solo, 33 assisted).

The Sagehens hope to have some reinforcements back this week, as senior fullback Zack Tannous (Millbrae, Calif.) and sophomore tight end Peter Ferrin (Salt Lake City, Utah) have both missed the last two weeks with injuries and left very few offensive options to take the attention off of Sweeney. Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Randle (Compton, Calif.) has had a big season, including a school-record tying three touchdown receptions against Occidental, but he too was slowed down by Cal Lutheran, as he had two catches (one for a touchdown).

After facing Whittier, the Sagehens will next be in action for its 2011 home finale on Saturday, Nov. 5 against La Verne (7 p.m.).