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PASADENA POLY 23, PACIFICA 15

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Undefeated Pasadena Poly struck fast, building up a 23-point lead, and went to beat visiting Pacifica, 23-15, on Friday in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 10 playoffs at South Pasadena High.

Poly (11-0) took an early lead when John Genske threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Christian Henderson, and on the Mariners’ next series, William McConnell returned an interception 24 yards for a score.

The Mariners’ Ben Jefferson threw a 79-yard TD pass to Syrus Collins on the first play of the second half, and he connected with Matt Moslenko on a 48-yard scoring pass and the two-point conversion to close the gap to 23-15 with 2:38 to play.

The Mariners (6-5) got the ball back at the their own 40 with 1:28 to play, but four incomplete passes ended their rally.

Poly had five interceptions, three by McConnell.


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