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First round losses for Pitman, Delhi football

POSTED November 16, 2013 12:12 a.m.

The 2013 prep football season is over for Pitman High (Div. I) and Delhi High (Div. V) after both teams fell short in their respective first round, post-season games against Franklin High of Elk Grove and Golden Sierra High Friday night.

The 9th seed Pride traveled nearly 80 miles to Sheldon High in Sacramento to face off against the 8th seed Wildcats where the two teams traded first-half touchdowns—Pitman’s via Drew Lewis and Wyatt Clapper—to make it 14-14 at the half.

After a strong defensive stand that saw Franklin miss a chip-shot field goal, Pitman’s luck began to run out, starting with a Chance Hagar fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown by the Wildcats. The trouble continued for the Pride as special teams mistakes led to two more Franklin scores—one by the defense on another fumble return and the other by the offense after a bad Pitman snap set up the Wildcats inside Pitman’s 10 yard line.

Hagar made up for his early turnover with a long TD run, but he was unable to finish the game as he was forced to leave with a concussion. Pitman scored in the final moments of regulation to make it 44-27.

Pitman ends its season with a 7-4 overall record.

Delhi entered it’s matchup against the Grizzlies eager to make its third post-season in school history count. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they were unable to gain traction with their offense as they fell 51-0 and ended their season with an overall record of 5-6. More information was not available by press time.

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