Sifrin puts on a show in rout


Robert Chernetsky

Sophomore tight end Jean Sifrin grabs the ball for one of his four receptions. Sifrin went on to have 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Sensing that the pocket was starting to collapse, sophomore quarterback Cole Webb flushed out of the pocket and broke away for an 11-yard gain and the first down; this set up a 62-yard bomb downfield to sophomore tight end Jean Sifrin that gave EC a commanding lead before the half.

The Warriors clicked on all cylinders of the game as they defeated the visiting Pasadena City College 43-7 last Saturday at Murdock Stadium.

Along with the dominating performance, Sifrin shined netting four receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our guys were relentless tonight,” coach John Featherstone said. “It’s going to be an exciting year offensively for us.”

EC accumulated 585 yards of total offense and was able to find another good balance with 388 yards through the air and 197 on the ground.

“We’re a young football team,” Featherstone said. “This isn’t an easy league to come up and perform the way we’ve performed.”

The Warriors found a nice rhythm offensively and controlled the tempo of the game throughout the night; while the Pasadena defense looked lost against the dual threat attack of Webb.

Webb had yet another great game and is posting better numbers each and every week. He went 21 for 30 against Pasadena and racked up 309 yards and two touchdowns.

“Cole’s done a great job,” Featherstone said. “He’s got an arsenal to throw to and he can flush out of the pocket to create things instantly.”

EC stayed committed to the run game and it was evident as sophomore running back Desmond Reed had a breakout game with nine carries for 82 yards and a touchdown.

“Biggest holes I’ve seen all season,” Reed said. “We just need to stay focused, keep competing and that’s all we need to do to win.”

The Warriors opened up the flood gates with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Sifrin followed by a 5-yard run from freshman running back Martin Booker on the next drive which gave EC a 17-0 lead in the second quarter.

EC did not let up as Webb would find Sifrin again with a 62-yard pass coupled with another rushing touchdown from freshman offensive lineman Cory Sanicky to give EC a commanding 30-0 lead at the half.

From that moment on the Warriors would score three more times in the second half and never looked back.

Scouts from the University of Arizona were also on hand to witness Sifrin play and have shown interest in the tight end, although he is still uncertain as to what his plans are after the season.

Julian Jackson, #92, Defense Linemen, gets the ball after the opponent team fumbles it.
Julian Jackson, #92, Defense Linemen, gets the ball after the opponent team fumbles it.

“I’ll get the double team and open it up for my teammates,” Sifrin said. “That’s the reason I’m here, to create mismatches.”

The defense had its strongest performance of the season, shutting down the Pasadena offense the entire night by constantly applying pressure and not letting them find any consistency; Pasadena’s lone score was a garbage time touchdown with three minutes left in the game.

“The game plan was to get a doughnut (shutout),” sophomore linebacker Kristopher Bass said. “We didn’t get it but we played well enough to get the zero through the fourth quarter so we’re pretty happy with ourselves.”

The Warriors will look to build off of this performance and keep their momentum going heading into a big rivalry game on the road against Long Beach City College, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m.

“When the bell rings on Saturday we’ll be ready on every phase of defense and offense,” Featherstone said. “This team is gelling and we’re getting better every week.”