The Pitman Pride varsity football team is off to an 0-2 start for the year — for the first time in 17 years — following Friday’s 48-0 shutout home loss at the hands of Lincoln of Stockton.
“We didn’t execute on either side of the ball. We didn’t wrap up and tackle on the defensive side of the ball. They are pretty fast and that kind of sums it up,” said Pitman head coach Lance Weckerle. “We have a bye week coming up and we have a lot of guys hurt right now, so we have two weeks before our next game and we have to get healthy and just get back to the basics.”
“We will keep grinding away and improving,” said Pitman assistant coach Brandon Pacheco.
The Pride also had to deal with constant pressure from Lincoln on the defensive side of the ball — and a starting lineup that had no starters from a year ago.
Lincoln of Stockton essentially knocked out two Pride quarterbacks and Jarod Moren came in to play quarterback in the final quarter.
“We were never really able to get our quarterbacks in rhythm and we weren’t able to establish the run either. They had a good defensive plan and we weren’t able to block in the run or pass,” said Weckerle.
Lincoln was led by the standout performance from running back Jonah Coleman, who scored four touchdowns for the game.
The Trojans controlled the game from the start.
In the third play of the game, Mario Gonzalez of Lincoln snagged an interception and returned it 19-yards to the opposite end to make it 7-0.
Coleman scored his first of four from three yards out, then he scored his second from 13-yards out to make it 21-0 with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Maceo Frisco blasted through for a 68-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the first, which made it 28-0.
Roman Ostly-Ameperosa ran it in from a yard out to start the second, and Coleman followed up with his third score from a yard out which made the score 41-0 with 10:23 left in the second.
Coleman scored the final touchdown of the game with 6:56 left in the second after he ran it in from seven yards out which extended the score to 48-0, which was the halftime score.
The Pride had more than their fair share of injuries. Starting tight end Harinder Garcha and quarterback Landyn Magina were both helped off the field.
By the start of the third, there was already a running clock and both sides were held scoreless in the final two quarters to end it.
Lincoln tallied 266 yards in the first half while they held Pitman to just 53 first half offensive yards.
Lincoln finished with 312 total yards while the Pride closed the game with 105 yards on offense.
Next for Pitman is a bye week before they take on Bullard from Fresno at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.