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Pitman's Quentin Hernandez runs the ball Friday in the Pride's 47-6 loss to Merced. - photo by Photo courtesy of Maggie Gianesin

Bears stop Pride

Pitman High football lost for the first time this season in the Pride's second Central California Conference contest against Merced, 47-6, on Friday in Merced.

It was an absolutely dominating performance for the Bears of Merced last week, as they ran and passed all over the Pride defense en route to their fifth victory of the season, taking a 2-0 lead in the CCC heading into week three of action.

Merced tallied 461 total yards for the game, while quarterback Tyrone Williams passed for 207 yards and five touchdowns.

Pitman, who is now 1-1 in the CCC and 5-1 overall, will travel to Golden Valley next to take on the Cougars at 7:30 p.m. Friday.



Denair falls short to Orestimba in final seconds

The Denair High football team picked up its fourth consecutive loss of the season on Friday, after falling short to the Orestimba Warriors in the final 30 seconds, 48-41.

“I have to say that was one of the greatest football games I've ever been involved in either as a coach or player,” said Denair head coach Ted Howze. “Our boys never quit and only led once in the entire game.”

The only lead came the final minutes of the game when Denair scored with less than two minutes left and converted a two-point attempt to go up 41-40.

The Warriors of Orestimba were more efficient in the air, after quarterback Joe Sheldon went 11-of-16 for 250 yards and finished with four touchdown passes. The Warriors' ground game was also effective as they averaged 12.2 yards per carry and totaled 269 yards.

Denair tallied a total of 391 rushing yards, with Austin Hughes and Alex Valle rushing for over 150-plus each for the game, but it was not enough.

“The place was rocking and the atmosphere was a blast,” Howze said. “A horrible personal foul call really helped Orestimba in the end but they deserve credit also for playing hard the whole game.”

Denair will host Ripon Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Hawks drop third straight at home

The Delhi High Hawks fell at home to Mariposa this past Friday, 28-22, after a second half comeback just wasn't enough against the Grizzlies who rushed for 227 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

It was a slow start for the Hawks, who were shut out in the first and second quarter.

By the end of the first half, the Grizzlies had taken a 14-0 lead but things were just getting started.

Delhi began to run the rock consistently, led by senior quarterback Garret Thomas, who amassed 99 yards on 14 carries to go with his one touchdown but it wasn't enough for the Hawks, who dropped their third consecutive contest of the year against their Southern Athletic League foes.

Delhi's next game will be at home against Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Friday.