There’s no way the visiting Golden Valley Cougars football team was going to upset the Pitman [5-3, 2-1] High Pride this past Friday in the Pride's homecoming contest.
The Pride combined for 428 yards on the ground as they won their second Central California Conference contest, 56-20.
“I thought we played really well, we executed our plan,” said Pitman senior Micah Millentree. “First we were slow, but as the game went on we kept pounding the rock and got better. In the second half we played to our potential.”
Pitman only completed one pass all game and worked the majority of the night behind Matt Parker, Ryan Iniquez and Titus Schammel.
After an early fumble, Schammel rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries, Iniquez racked up 89 yards on 11 carries and Parker was first on the team with 140 yards rushing on 18 carries.
“We just felt like we could run right at them. We've got a good stable of backs...and we wanted to put more emphasis to run than pass so it worked,” said Pitman assistant coach Chris Wolfley.
Schammel scored three of his five touchdowns for the game in the second quarter to send Pitman into the halftime break with a 28-13 lead.
“It's not hard to hide that we are missing our fullback in Blake [McBay], but other kids stepped up and Schammel did great,” said Wolfley.
The second half was a lopsided game as GV's Carian McDaniel did most of the damage for the Cougars after finishing with eight catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.
When Pitman notched a scoring drive to open up the second half, the game was put out of reach for the Cougars.
GV scored, but Pitman followed with four touchdown scoring drives in all of their four possessions after the break. For the game, the Pride scored on its last seven possessions.
“We want to put ourselves in the best position to make playoffs,” said Millentree. “We can still win league, but we have to win the next two.”
“Right now, at this time, every coach is keeping in the forefront of their athletes that you only have one game at a time,” Wolfley added. “That is what Tom [Tyler] has focused and that was the message. We have one game in front of us.”
The next game for the Pride is a home contest against Atwater at 7 pm. Friday.