Panthers fall to Pirates in homecoming matchup

MJC Takes Control Early

Terri M. Venesio and Charlene Jones
venesit@imail.losrios.edu

The Panther defense (right) line up against the Modesto Pirate offense during a sudden down pour of rain in the third quarter of the homecoming game. || Terri M. Venesio || venesit@imail.losrios.edu

The Panther defense (right) line up against the Modesto Pirate offense during a sudden down pour of rain in the third quarter of the homecoming game. || Terri M. Venesio || venesit@imail.losrios.edu

The City College Panthers lost the homecoming game 53-28 against the Modesto Junior College Pirates.

“It takes heart, determination, will and character to win a homecoming game,” said Chavous McWhorter, runningback/safety Oct. 1 on the Quad during a homecoming week activity involving the football team.

Despite these hopeful predictions, the Panthers were unable to translate their homecoming aspirations into results.
The Oct. 3 game got away from the Panthers in the first quarter. Capitalizing on turnovers and penalties, the Pirates scored 28 unanswered points in the matchup at Hughes Stadium.

Though the Panthers struggled in the first quarter, they were able to step up on both defense and offense during the last three quarters. Despite their effort, they were ultimately unable to catch up to the Pirates.

During the half Jeff Martin and La Donya Reed were crowned homecoming royalty.

“I’m the first cheerleader to win homecoming king, and there’s (been) no homecoming queen to ever represent the cheer team,” Martin said, “Winning this is actually cool, it makes future candidates want to do what they really want to do whether you’re black, white, gay, strait, lesbian…whatever.”

Despite losing the game, interim head coach Dannie Walker is optimistic for the second half of the season.

“There’s gonna be an explosion here in a minute where they can get offense, defense and special teams clicking on the same page and get this thing rolling,” Walker said.

The next game for the 2-4 Panthers is this Saturday at home against Mendocino College.