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Football comeback falls short in loss to Panthers

Football comeback falls short in loss to Panthers

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ORANGE, Calif. – The Whittier College Football team attempted to spoil Homecoming for Chapman University Saturday night but couldn't overcome a 31-point halftime deficit falling 45-24.

After being shutout in the first half the Purple & Gold put up 24 points in the second half, including a 14-0 mark in the final period but it wouldn't be enough to complete the comeback.

Whittier continues to pour on offense game after game this time putting up 479 yards (265 Passing/265 Rushing).

Eric Voss (Temecula, Calif.) put WC on the scoreboard with 10:32 to play in the 3rd quarter as he drained a career long 47-yard field goal.  On the Poets ensuing possession they would find the endzone as they would go 76 yards in 6-plays covering 2:09.  Miguel Avina (Indio, Calif.) got the series started with a 21-yard hook-up with Bryson Sanders (Manteca, Calif.) and would find him again two plays later for 13-yards.  Ty Patterson (Escondido, Calif.) would then get the rock as he would go 13 yards down to the Chapman 7 before going in for his first touchdown on the season.

In the fourth, trailing 45-10, Whittier saw their backs against the wall but managed to fight finding the endzone twice. 

The Poets had the ball entering the final period and managed to go 74-yards with Avina finding Brian Phelan (Chino Hills, Calif.) for 18 yards before hooking up with Sanders from 35 yards out for his first touchdown of the game.  

After a three-and-out forced by the Poets defensive unit, they would then take it 85-yards, which included rushes of 18 yards from Avina and 27 from Chance Trammell (Chico, Calif.).

Avina then followed with a completion to Phelan over the middle who would take it to the house from 16 yards out.

After a forced fumble from Edgar Hayes IV (Long Beach, Calif.) on the next series for the Panthers, which stopped CU in the redzone, the Poets would go 73 yards on 14-plays but couldn't find the endzone as they would turn the ball over on downs on the CU-7.

Avina finished 21-35 for 265 yards and two touchdowns.  Sanders had his breakout game of his career hauling in eight receptions for 130 yards and a score and Trammell would lead the ground attack with 20 rushes for 120 yards averaging 6.0 yards per carry. 

Andrew Rosales (Pico Rivera, Calif.) led the defensive unit posting nine tackles (7 Solo/2 Assist), Hayes IV registered seven tackles (4 Solo/3 Assist) with a sack, forced fumble and a tackle for a loss.       

Whittier (0-4, 0-2 SCIAC) returns home this Saturday, October 14 as they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 1:00pm.