It wasn’t the prettiest start, but Pitman High’s varsity football team is still perfect at 6-0 after they notched their first Central California Athletic League victory in Friday’s road contest against Enochs that saw them topple the Eagles, 38-6.
“We were really rusty,” said Pitman head coach Tom Tyler. “It was just one of those things, kind of reminded me of the Summerville game and to be honest we are going to have to play a lot better than tonight to keep winning.”
“I think people were looking down on us, especially after our preseason schedule and the scores but I felt we are now the underdogs and I feel we came out and won and proud of our guys,” said Pitman’s Jaron Azevedo.
In their first five wins, Pitman outscored their opponents 223-90. However, in Friday’s game it wasn’t the start they wanted or expected.
Pitman was forced to punt on their first drive, despite running seven plays, while committing three penalties in the drive alone.
Azevedo put his team on the board after he returned an interception for 65 yards to put the Pride up 8-0 after a good two-point conversion with 5:27 left in the first.
Enochs notched their only score of the game with a 13-yard touchdown run after a seven-play drive.
This kept Pitman’s offense off the field for most of the first quarter as they ran just eight plays, got three flags, two possessions and committed a turnover.
Pitman responded right away and never looked back as they scored 30 unanswered points in the next three quarters.
“We just happen to make some big plays in the second quarter, pretty decent job, played good defense and good offense…We are going to have to play four quarters to be champions,” said Tyler.
Payton Bass of Pitman scored from 29 yards out to make it 16-6 with 10:27 left till the half.
Jakob Partida then capped off a nine-play scoring drive, plunging it in from two-yards out and the Pride extended their lead to 23-6 with just over two minutes left till halftime.
Pitman finished the first half with 249 total yards on offense while Enochs notched 210 yards in the first half.
Pitman then forced a three and out and got one final possession before the half.
Quarterback Treyton Fair of Pitman found Denzel Steckwren for a 52-yard connection on a two-play drive with 50 seconds left till half and the score read 31-6.
Fair then found Steckwren for one final score from 74-yards out with 1:40 left till the start of the fourth and the score read 38-6.
The subs were put in for Pitman with just over eight minutes remaining till the game ended.
“Going into this game I knew it would be a good game because they started passing it more to me and getting more yards…CCAL won’t be ready for us; we will be running all over,” said Steckwren. “I didn’t know if we would pass this much but we took advantage of the opportunities, or I did, and that is how I got that many yards.”
Steckwren capped off a great night with three catches, 138 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions from Fair.
Fair finished with two touchdown passes. Partida, Azevedo and Bass each notched a touchdown as well.
Marcus Garza and Azevedo each had an interception.
Pitman will next take on Gregori from Joe Debely at 7 p.m. Friday.