Pitman High picked up where they left off last week, trouncing Modesto High 49-6 with a 405 yard offensive effort on Friday.
The Pride (3-0) scored on all six of their first half possessions, finding the end zone by ground and air. Brent Nelle started the night’s festivities with a four yard touchdown run down the middle of the Panther’s defense and was followed by a Logan Wolfley touchdown run from three yards out minutes later.
“We do the same thing every week,” Pitman’s head coach Brandon Harris said. “The kids have been practicing hard; and we have some depth so there’s constant competition in practice which is nice.”
Pitman’s third possession was a short one as quarterback Wyatt Clapper connected with Brennan Hauser on the first play from scrimmage for a 57 yard score. Clapper and Hauser hooked up again on Pitman’s subsequent drive as Hauser reeled in a 14 yard touchdown pass to put the Pride up 28-0 with still more than two minutes left in the first quarter.
As the clock began to tick on the second quarter Pitman continued to run its well oiled machine, spreading the ball around in a five play drive that ended with a Kody Brackett touchdown. Wolfley scored once more off an 18 yard screen for good measure boosting Pitman’s lead 41-0.
As Pitman’s offense continued with business as usual the defensive unit stepped up and improved on their past two performances. The Pride forced the Panthers (1-2) to punt on nearly every possession and denied them a first down until the very end of the first quarter. Thomas Baza, Eric Bejaran, Nick Roditis, and Ramon Martinez proved to be too much for Modesto’s offensive line to handle as they applied constant pressure on the quarterback and solid hits on the Panther backfield.
“We’re real young on defense but they’re maturing and starting to play like juniors instead of sophomores,” Harris said.
Modesto scored its first and only touchdown with nine seconds left in the second quarter for a halftime score of 42-6.
The rest of the game was a formality for the Pride but they still didn’t let up. Pitman displayed its depth in the second half with its backups, mainly with running back Mario Lewis who rushed for 95 physical yards and notched his team’s final touchdown with a 30 yard run.
Nelle finished the game with 58 yards from scrimmage, Bracket finished with 49 yards and Hauser ended the day with 71 yards.
“We’re still making mistakes,” Harris said. “I’m happy with where we’re at but we still need to clean things up.”
Pitman continues its quest for perfection next Friday when they travel to play Oakland Tech High.