Pima Community College football coach Bill Laslett has made player changes the last two weeks to try to jump-start an offense that has accounted for one score, a field goal, all season.
His latest move involved letting go offensive coordinator Marc Lunsford, a former University of Arizona assistant coach, this past week.
“It was a tough decision to make,” Laslett said.
Laslett called the plays against Phoenix College on Saturday night. The results were the same, with Pima losing 17-0 in a Western States Football League game at Amphi High School. Pima, 0-4 overall, 0-2 in league play, has not scored an offensive touchdown this year.
“We didn’t take anything out,” Laslett said. “We added some things as far as misdirection and more pass plays and shorter three-step routes. We’re still not protecting that well, and that puts us in a tougher situation.”
Pima also made a change at quarterback, starting Ryan Morgan instead of Cody House. Morgan, a Pusch Ridge Christian Academy grad, went the distance Saturday but couldn’t get the Aztecs in the end zone, either. House is a former Cholla player. Laslett will wait before announcing his starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against New Mexico Military Institute at 7 p.m. at Amphi.
“I’m going to let them compete in practice this week,” Laslett said. “We’re going to add some more things to what we’re doing.”
Laslett said Morgan showed “some good leadership,” but PCC saw its opening and most successful drive halted by a Morgan fumble.
The Aztecs took the opening kickoff and drove from their 30 to Phoenix College’s 27-yard line before the fumble.
“We were able to start things clicking a little,” Laslett said. “But we got in the red zone and (turned it over). You can’t do that.”
The Aztecs failed to get past midfield in the second half.
“We’re not happy about being 0-4,” Laslett said. “But I see some improvement. It has been hard on these young guys. It’s tough right now.”
UA cross country
The University of Arizona men’s team won the Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. UA had 142 points. Host Minnesota (153) was second. UA was led by Robert Cheseret, who was fourth in 24 minutes, 22 seconds over the 8,000-meter course. Teammate Obed Mutanya was fifth (24:27).
UA’s Moses Mpanga finished 24th (25:24), Eric Chavez 46th (25:49) and Kenny Frank 63rd (26:01).
The Arizona women finished in 18th place in the 6,000-meter race with 527 points. UC-Santa Barbara won with 94 points. Freshman Marissa Urban was UA’s top finisher, placing 75th in 23:01.
UA men’s golf
UA’s men’s golf team finished 11th Saturday at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. The Wildcats shot a 32-over-par 896 for the three rounds. Host New Mexico won at 10-over 874.
UA’s top individual finisher was Nathan Tyler, who tied for 20th at 5-over 221. Other UA scorers were Travis Esway, 31st at 224; Trey Denton and Pedro Oriol tied for 38th place at 225; Josh Esler tied for 54th at 227; and Ben Fox tied for 93rd at 235.
UA’s Tyler Neal, competing as an individual, tied for 84th at 233.
Pima men’s soccer
The Pima men beat South Mountain Community College 6-0 Saturday. Fernando Romero scored two goals for Pima. Leopoldo Villaseñor, Griffen Roxbury and Jose Armenta also scored for Pima. The Aztecs also had an own goal from SMCC.
Tucson Raceway Park
Ron Norman won the Super Late Models main event Saturday at TRP. Other main event winners were Pat Bush in the Grand American Modifieds, David Rooyakkers in Factory Stocks, Chris Bates in Mini Stocks, Wes Fry in Legends and Houston Franco in Bandoleros.