Despite a great effort from Pitman High’s defense, the Pride’s 2015 campaign ended on Friday night after a close 28-20 road loss in the first round of the Division I CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at the hands of Del Campo.
It was a wild ending at Del Campo on Friday night where the Pride’s ferocious front seven and defensive unit played a solid second half.
Del Campo started strong, taking a 14-0 lead and by the third, Del Campo had put together a 10-play 66 yard drive to take a 21-0 lead with 6:14 left in the third.
After struggling for much of the game till this point, Jacob Perez of Pitman and the offense began to rally back as they have all season long in the second half.
The Del Campo defense was finally stymied after Pitman put together a 71-yard, 11-play drive that ended with a Devan Bass touchdown.
Bass tacked on the first touchdown for Pitman before Brandon Pacheco had a pick-six to cut the lead to 21-14 by the end of the third.
After the Del Campo defense was working on containing Bass and Perez, they put together their final scoring drive that was a 16-play drive, eventually chewing out most of the clock in the fourth quarter, setting up a Javone Jackson touchdown for Del Campo.
Down by two scores, Pitman was quick to put together a scoring drive that went nine-plays for 63 yards, ending in a Ryan Yniquez six-yard run with 1:20 left in the game and after the missed PAT, the Pride were down by eight.
With little time left, Pitman onside kicked the ball—twice—eventually gaining possession and setting themselves up for one final drive.
Unfortunately the Del Campo defense held Perez and the Pride in check, picking off Perez with just seconds left in regulation.