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9 Bears’ Football players sign with 4-year schools

February 05, 2014

All-ACCAC OL Castorena, QB Pantastico, LB Hendrix highlight ‘NCAA National Signing Day’ list

 

Phoenix, Arizona – February 1, 2012 -- Phoenix College is proud to announce that the student-athletes listed below from the PC Football team have officially signed letters of intent to attend school and play football for 4-year universities this coming fall as part of the NCAA’s National Signing Day today. 

 

The following Bears’ student-athletes have officially signed:

NAME

POS

SIGNED WITH

 

Damon Hendrix

LB

University of Northern Iowa

NCAA DI

Tim Patterson

LB

Southern University & A&M College (LA)

NCAA DI

David Castorena

OL

Tiffin University (OH)

NCAA DII

Alfredo Moreno

OL

Midwestern State University (TX)

NCAA DII

Kevin Pantastico

QB

Northeastern State University (OK)

NCAA DII

Tommy Pritchard

LB

Tiffin University (OH)

NCAA DII

Bryan Rawlins

DL

Adams State University (CO)

NCAA DII

Pierson (Brice) Harris

RB

Arizona Christian University

NAIA

Matt Mose

WR

Southwestern College (KS)

NAIA

The announcements come a little more than three months after the players made their final appearances in a Bears’ uniform at the first-ever WSFL Playoff Game in Glendale October 26th.

-He didn’t grab the headlines very often throughout his two years, yet when opposing offenses planned against the Bears’ defense, Damon Hendrix was usually where they started planning.  The Bears’ linebacker never stopped trying to prove himself throughout his two years, and it showed in everything he did.  The Camelback High School alum showed Bears’ Head Football Coach Jerome Daniels what he was made of as a freshman, leading the ’12 Bears in tackles with 67 overall (9 solo, 58 assist), while picking off one pass and recovering a pair of fumbles.  In 2013, Hendrix flourished again with Daniels as his defensive coordinator, whether Damon was at strong safety, middle linebacker or outside linebacker, since he played all three positions at one time or another last season.  Hendrix started in 8 of the Bears’ 9 games, once again posting more than 60 overall tackles (61, 2nd on the team), but this time recording 39 solo tackles and a team-high 22 assists.  He also forced a pair of fumbles. 

-It didn’t hurt Hendrix’s effectiveness this past season to have Tim Patterson alongside of him.  After spending his freshman campaign at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Patterson made his way to the Valley of the Sun, and immediately became the team’s most dangerous defender.  Whatever direction the ball headed, it seemed that Patterson was always there, and even though he played in just 7 of the Bears’ 9 games, his 63 overall tackles wound up tops on the team as did his 43 solo tackles.  The native of Louisville, Kentucky (who redshirted at the University of Kentucky in 2011) also finished off the season with his lone sack in the WSFL Playoff game against Glendale, while also forcing a fumble and recovering two others.

-It was a young and impressionable offensive line that returned from the summer break this past August, and Daniels had to rely on his sophomore leaders heavily to provide some stability.  At the top of that list was David Castorena, who was ready for anything thrown at him.  The North High School alum started the first game of the season at right tackle, but when Daniels realized that David was his best offensive lineman, he quickly shifted him to the left tackle position, where he protected the Bears’ quarterbacks the rest of the season.  Castorena was also a big reason why the Bears ran for nearly 1000 yards this season.

-Speaking of making a huge difference on the offensive line, Alfredo Moreno didn’t have to switch positions at all during his two-year career at PC.  Once Daniels realized what an impact the Greenway High School alum made at his left guard position, he kept Moreno there for all 19 games in 2012 and 2013.  Moreno and Castorena made for a potent 1-2 punch in protecting quarterback Kevin Pantastico’s ‘blind side’ in 2013, and were the preferred side for running backs Charles Davis and Jesse Huihui to find holes to run through. 

-Having guys like Moreno and Castorena in front of him gave Kevin Pantastico time to flourish in the pocket, and become one of the Western States Football League’s more potent passers in 2013.  Pantastico grew up in Mesa, and headed to the other coast to the University of Troy for his freshman campaign, but returned home after redshirting at Troy in 2012.  Given the opportunity to compete for a starting job at PC, the Desert Ridge High School alum took the job away from his competitors and started 8 of the Bears’ 9 games in 2013.  Pantastico threw for over 2100 yards in 2013, including a pair of 300+-passing-yard games in two of his biggest tests:  throwing for 356 yards and 3 touchdowns over nationally ranked Arizona Western on the road; and then coming up with a 2-TD, 326-yard passing performance against Glendale in the WSFL Playoffs.  Pantastico was 4th in the league in passing yards per game (236) and 6th in passing touchdowns (12), completing 178 out of 299 total passes for a 59.5% completion percentage.

-Joining Castorena in the journey to Tiffin University in Ohio is Tommy Pritchard, who may have been the most consistent defender the Bears had the past two years, and was for a time one of the few two-way players in the WSFL.  As a freshman, Pritchard duplicated what he did while a star at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, playing both linebacker and tight end for the Bears, and racking up 24 overall tackles (14 of them solo) on the defensive side in 2012.  In 2013, Daniels wanted Pritchard to concentrate solely on defense, and concentration was an accurate term, since while Hendrix and Patterson were usually sent to rush the passer, Pritchard played ‘centerfield’ as the middle linebacker for most of his two-year stint as a Bears’ starting defender, rarely allowing opposing running backs coming through the line or wide receivers cutting across the middle to get past him.  Pritchard finished the 2013 season with 27 overall tackles (20 solo) while registering three tackles for loss.

-Bryan Rawlins will take his talents to Adams State in Colorado after making steady progress throughout his two-year Bears’ career.  Rawlins came to PC from his native Houston, Texas home in the summer of 2012, and had to work his way slowly up the depth chart.  However, by the time his freshman season had ended, Rawlins had found a spot in four games on the PC defensive line, and set the tone for strong potential in 2013.  Rawlins didn’t disappoint as a sophomore, playing in all 9 games and getting the start at defensive end in four of them.  Rawlins wound up with 16 total tackles-13 of them solo-and registered his lone sack of his career September 7th in chasing down New Mexico Military Institute’s Quinn Billerman.

-Making the most of his opportunity.  That’s what has helped Pierson “Brice” Harris potential become part of history, since he’s one of the inaugural signees of Arizona Christian University’s football program that will take the field for the first time in 2014.  What the Firestorm is getting in Harris is a fullback who wasn’t worried about stats, and knew that the key to his playing time was hitting the hole hard to set up his teammates.  Harris did that well, starting nearly every game as a freshman, and starting 2 games this season while playing in 7 overall in 2013.

-Finally, Matt Mose will be just down the street from Hicks as he heads to Kansas as well, although Mose will compete in a different conference (the Heart of America Athletic Conference) on the NAIA level than Hicks.  Like Hicks, it’s a move closer to home for Mose, who grew up in Denton, Texas (some 500 miles from Southwestern College’s base of Athison, Kansas).  He’ll head back to the middle of the United States after establishing himself as a slot receiver with plenty of potential after two years in that spot wearing the blue and gold.  As a freshman, Mose played in 4 games for the Bears, catching a pair of receptions for 10 yards, while spending time on special teams.  This past season, Mose upped that total, reeling in 6 catches for 52 yards.