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Football Falls in SCIAC Opener, Scurlock '08 Rushes for 129 Yards

Football Falls in SCIAC Opener, Scurlock '08 Rushes for 129 Yards

Josh Scurlock '08 rushed for 129 yards, including a school-record 94 yard touchdown run, but Whittier College lost 24-17 on the road to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on September 30.  The Poets fall to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in SCIAC play while Pomona-Pitzer improve their record to 2-1, 1-0 SCIAC.

Scurlock threw for 149 yards and a touchdown and completed 20 of 34 passes, but threw four interceptions.  He accounted for all but eight yards of the Poets' total offense in the game.  His favorite target was Shawn Briggs '08 who had nine receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.  He leads the team with 16 catches this season.  Albert Williams '08 finished with six receptions for 74 yards.  On the defensive side of the ball, Arlo Castelo '09 led the team with nine tackles.  Chasen Eddow '08, Ruben Chavez '07, and Ian Crom '09 each recorded a sack.  Chris Gartrell '08 and Steffen Santos '09 each intercepted a pass. 

The Poets started the scoring with 1:46 left in the first quarter on a 39-yard field goal by Ben Walker '08.  Whittier intercepted their second pass of the day in the second quarter and on the ensuing possession, Scurlock found Briggs for a three-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead.  Pomona answered on their next possession with a 32-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to three.  They added another touchdown and extra point with just over one minute left in the half and took a 14-10 lead into halftime. 

Whittier took a 17-14 lead in the third quarter after Scurlock's 94-yard touchdown run with 8:12 left in the quarter.  The turning point in the game came with 2:01 left in the third.  Whittier College failed to convert on fourth and one on Pomona's 37-yard line.  Pomona took over on downs and went on a 12 play, 63-yard touchdown drive that gave them a lead they would not relinquish.  They added a field goal with 8:33 remaining in the game to make the score 24-17.

The Poets are at home for their next contest against California Lutheran University on October 7 at 7pm.