By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor It wasn’t a thing of beauty by any means, but Pasadena walked out of Maranatha late Friday night with an important 14-12 victory. PHS was actually supposed to host the Minutemen, but when bleachers hadn’t been ordered in time, the game got switched to Maranatha. Pasadena quarterback Andreas Solling and […]
By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor
It wasn’t a thing of beauty by any means, but Pasadena walked out of Maranatha late Friday night with an important 14-12 victory.
PHS was actually supposed to host the Minutemen, but when bleachers hadn’t been ordered in time, the game got switched to Maranatha.
Pasadena quarterback Andreas Solling and his teammates, however, made themselves feel at home in the victory.
Maranatha scored first when Jack Goodman caught a 12-yard TD pass from Enrique Garza in the second quarter.
But the Minutemen led just 6-0 after their extra-point attempt didn’t get anywhere near the goal post.
PHS answered back when Solling, their 6-foot-3 signal caller, pushed his way in from one yard out behind his lineman to tie the game at 6-6.
The Bulldogs, too, failed on their first extra-point attempt and the game was tied at the half.
Maranatha took the lead back in the third quarter when Garza broke out of the pocket and ran into the left corner of the west end zone.
MHS tried to run the ball on their extra point, but the referee ruled the ball handler had his knee on the ground and ruled the play dead.
That left Maranatha with a 12-6, third-quarter lead.
As they had done before, Solling answered the Maranatha score and did so with a freshman.
Mekhi Fox took a Solling pass 65 yards for the score midway through the third quarter.
The Bulldogs lined up to go for 2 (points) and after a Maranatha offsides penalty, Akil Andrews rumbled his way into the end zone and PHS took the 14-12 lead.
Garza attempted to drive Maranatha late in the game.
But on a fourth-and-seven scenario, Caleb Benson sealed the game with a pick of Garza and ran in down into Maranatha territory.
Two plays and one timeout later, the Bulldogs celebrated on their sidelines with a huge victory for their program.
Solling went 10 of 15 for 135 yards.
He threw one TD, ran for another and was picked twice.
Jacob Moreno and Bryce Vanneman each picked Solling.
Andrews had 10 carries for 60 yards for the Bulldogs.
Both teams combined for more penalties than points and it’s something both Dejuan Shamburger and LaVar Arrington will address with their programs.
Maranatha will look back on the failed extra point attempts and they also had two other trips in the red zone where they didn’t even attempt a field goal and turned the ball over on downs.
Next week, Marantha will face Azusa at Citrus College and Pasadena will travel to Whittier to battle Pioneer.
Both games are Friday.
MHS: Jack Goodman 12 pass from Enrique Garza (kick failed)
PHS: Andreas Solling 1 run (kick failed)
MHS: Enrique Garza 3 run (run failed)
PHS: Mekhi Fox 65 pass from Andreas Solling (Akil Andrews run)
Records: Pasadena (1-1); Maranatha (1-1)