The Pitman High varsity football team earned its first league victory on Friday night with an explosive 42-19 victory over Enochs High that was highlighted by a five-touchdown night from running back Joey Stout.
The Pride offense trampled past the Eagles with 427 yards of total offense, improving to 1-1 in Central California Athletic League play and 2-4 overall after last week’s heartbreaking Harvest Bowl defeat.
“These kids are just resilient,” Pitman head coach Eric Reza said. “We were sad, we were beat up a little, but we got back to practice and they just forgot about it and moved on…I’m very proud of the kids. It feels great and I’m so happy for them.”
It seemed like trouble from the start for Pitman after Enochs started the game with an onside kick on the opening kickoff and recovered it, but the Pride defense passed their immediate test and forced a turnover on downs. From there, it was the Stout show; the junior running back scored every offensive touchdown on the night for the Pride, collecting 260 rushing yards on 23 carries and 74 receiving yards on four receptions.
Stout’s first touchdown was a 24-yard reception from quarterback Drew Walker, and his remaining four rushing touchdowns were 27, 55, 79 and 10 yards, respectively.
“He’s a real stud,” Reza said of Stout and credited the Pride’s offensive line as well.
“I think our o-line they stepped it up and created holes for me to fit through,” Stout said.
Stout scored at least once in every quarter of the game and the only non-Stout touchdown of the night came in the second quarter when the Pride’s Jack McBay blocked an Enochs punt and Nathan Magallon ran it into the end zone. Walker completed 8-13 passing with 110 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.
On defense, Pitman kept near-constant pressure on the quarterback and held Enochs to 19 points despite their 323 total offensive yards. The Pride D also had several key third and fourth down stops to stunt the Eagles’ scoring plan.
“It was just a team effort all the way around,” Reza said. “I was really proud of them — offense, defense, special teams.”
The game represented Pitman’s highest offensive output of the season, which they hope to take into next week as they travel to Modesto to play Gregori High (2-0 CCAL, 4-3 overall) at 7 p.m. on Friday.