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Pitman, Turlock football trade jabs in recent Harvest Bowls
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Past Harvest Bowl Scores

Series record: Pitman 5-2

2004: Pitman 21, Turlock 18

2005: Pitman 35, Turlock 34

2006: Pitman 21, Turlock 0

2007: Pitman 20, Turlock 19

2008: Turlock 7, Pitman 0

2009: Pitman 40, Turlock 6

2010: Turlock 21, Pitman 16


2011 Harvest Bowl

What: Pitman (8-1, 3-1 CCC) vs. Turlock (7-2, 3-1 CCC)

Where: Joe Debely Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Listen: 100.5 FM

Tickets: Pre-sold only at schools

Home Team: Turlock


Pitman High Schedule


Aug. 26: Pitman 33, Modesto 20

Sept. 2: Pitman 42, Chavez-Stockton 6

Sept. 8: Pitman 43, Gregori 9

Sept. 16: Pitman 41, Oakland Tech 6

Sept. 23: Pitman 42, Franklin-Stockton 0

Central California Conference

Oct. 7: Pitman 52, Golden Valley 10

Oct. 14: Buhach Colony 27, Pitman 24

Oct. 21: Pitman 42, Atwater 35

Oct. 28: Pitman 19, Merced 7

Friday: at Turlock at Debely Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Turlock High Schedule


Aug. 26: Turlock 12, Downey 7

Sept. 2: Oakdale 33, Turlock 7

Sept. 9: Turlock 54, Davis-Modesto 22

Sept. 17: Turlock 17, Modesto 14

Sept. 30: Turlock 42, Franklin-Stockton 7

Central California Conference

Oct. 7: Buhach Colony 33, Turlock 14

Oct. 14: Turlock 28, Merced 21

Oct. 21: Turlock 27, Golden Valley 24

Oct. 28: Turlock 17, Atwater 0

Friday:  vs. Pitman at Debely Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Fun Facts

Combined Scoring vs. Opponents: Pitman 338-120, Turlock 218-161

Opponents’ Combined Records: Pitman 27-53, Turlock 40-42

Record vs. Common Opponents: Pitman 5-1, Turlock 5-1

Combined Scoring vs. Common Opponents: Pitman 212-99, Turlock 145-102


Pitman’s Opponent Records

Modesto             2-7

Chavez                                 3-6

Gregori                 0-9

Oakland Tech     3-5

Franklin                1-8

Golden Valley    2-7

Buhach Colony 9-0

Atwater               4-5

Merced                3-6

Total:                    27-53


Turlock’s Opponent Records

Downey               7-2

Oakdale               9-0

Davis                     3-7

Modesto             2-7

Franklin                                1-8

Buhach Colony  9-0

Merced                                3-6

Golden Valley    2-7

Atwater               4-5

Total:                    40-42

For the first few years, the main location of the Harvest Bowl trophy was on the Pitman High campus. But for the last four years, it’s been moving from place to place like an unstable sports franchise.

Truthfully, the owners of the Harvest Bowl trophy don’t do too much to the shiny object. Maybe they’ll take a picture with it or show it off from time to time.

Other than that, it just collects dust in an office or classroom somewhere.

But that’s not the point.

The point is, the players, coaches, students and other supporters of Pitman High and Turlock High football simply want that trophy in their possession. The annual clashing, which started in 2004, is something that’s always in the back of their minds. On Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Debely Stadium, they wait no longer.

 Get ready for Harvest Bowl XIII.

And just like the other meetings, this year’s is expected to be a good one with more than just bragging rights on the line. Pitman (8-1, 3-1 Central California Conference) and Turlock High (7-2, 3-1 CCC) are fighting for better playoff positions now that the league title is out of reach after both squads lost to defending champion Buhach Colony High (9-0, 4-0 CCC) earlier in the season. The Thunder, who are state-ranked and coming off a 90-48 win, are the heavy favorites heading into their matchup with Atwater High on Friday.

But both the Pride and Bulldogs say Friday’s game is just like any other.

“This game does have a lot of meaning for seeding toward playoffs,” Pitman senior Zach Olsen said, “but we are taking this week just like all the previous weeks. Our goal is to be 1-0 after Friday night. We have been preparing for Turlock the best we can and will hope to perform to the best of our ability to win the game.”

The Pride won the first four Harvest Bowls before Turlock finally got one in 2008. A year later, the Pride snatched back the trophy over a winless Bulldogs team.

And last year, the Bulldogs didn’t get their 21-16 victory until the final moments.

This year, there doesn’t seem to be a true favorite with both teams having nearly similar records. However, the Bulldogs seemed to have traveled a tougher path, seeing that they’ve faced three teams — Buhach Colony (9-0), Downey High (7-2) and Oakdale High (9-0) — with winning records.

The Pride have played against one winning team, in Buhach Colony, but, at the same time, handled almost everyone who has come their way. They’ve won by a combined score of 338-120.

Still, both sides believe it’s going to be a tough Harvest Bowl to win.

“I don’t think this is any different from any other year,” Pitman coach Brandon Harris said. “They beat us last year. They’re the kind of the defending champs until we knock them off.”

Turlock coach James Peterson sees it the same way.

“Harvest Bowl is our biggest game and our biggest crowd,” he said, referring to an expected sold-out crowd at Debely Stadium. “We have a lot of things that we have to get prepared for.”

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.