Brahmas can’t protect their quarterback, lose to West LA

Offensive struggles creped up on the Brahmas’ offense again as they struggle in their first conference game of the year.

Pierce traveled to West Los Angeles this past Saturday looking for the first win of the year.

West Los Angeles College defeated Pierce 44-21.

The Brahmas offense is still trying to find answers as they fail to score any points in the first half.

“I think it’s just the chemistry, once we get the chemistry together and learn how to play with each other because we rotate a lot, especially with the quarterbacks being switched around,” said offensive lineman Casey McDonagh.

The first touchdown by the Brahmas was made in the first two minutes of the second half on a Greg Wanamaker two-yard rushing touchdown that was set up by a 60-yard pass by Matt Rasmussen to receiver Mathew Jones.

Not being able to complete passes and first downs in crucial situations are only some of the small details causing the Brahmas to lose their games so far this season.

“Once we start playing a little more physical I think we’ll be fine,” said McDonagh.

Pierce had seven penalties and two turnovers in the loss.

The offensive line had issues protecting quarterback Matt Rasmussen allowing him to be sacked six times during the game.

Rasmussen started his second game in a row as he threw for 293 yards on 20 completions.

Head coach of the West La Wildcats, Marguet Miller, admitted he knew it wouldn’t be an easy win saying, “We wanted to be 1-0 and start conference out the right way, Pierce is a good team and it’s always been close games so we really had to be ready,” said West LA College’s soccer head coach Marguet Miller. “Now we are in first place so we got to keep working to stay there.”

The Brahmas still have a chance to pick it up and get it together in their second conference game of the season.

“It’s up to the players and see if they want to come out and respond and we just go to play hard and play strong all the way through,” said Brahmas’ assistant coach Jason Sabolic.  “It shouldn’t matter what happened in the past we just go to put it behind us and try to get the next one.”

Pierce will travel again for their second conference game of the year as they travel to Glendale College this Saturday at 6 p.m. as both teams will be looking for their first win of the season.

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