CCC: Pitman easily grounds Falcons

October 25, 2008 

TURLOCK -- Atwater High may spend a little time next week working on its run defense.

Fresh off being shutout by Turlock, a highly motivated Pitman offense ran over, through and around the Falcons.

Five Pitman backs rushed for at least 50 yards and the Pride rolled up 450 yards on the ground in a 51-6 Central California Conference win Friday.

"This is a huge disappointment," Atwater running back Dexter Coward said. "We really felt coming into this game that if we executed our plays, we'd pull off the upset."

With its defense struggling to slow the Pitman running game, Atwater (2-1 CCC, 4-3) was going to need a big game from its offense to keep pace.

An injury to Coward's shoulder in the opening quarter prevented that from happening.

Not needing to concern itself with Atwater's bruising back, the Pitman defense spent the rest of its evening wreaking havoc on quarterback Nathan Sanchez.

Bringing blitz packages from all over the field Pitman sacked Sanchez seven times, including a safety.

"We just weren't communicating and following through on our assignments," Sanchez said. "We lost our confident back and it through off the tempo and got us out of sync."

The Falcons fell out of first place, but the Pride (5-2, 3-1) kept alive its playoff hopes. Two CCC teams advance to the playoffs, and Pitman has a couple of big games coming up -- next Friday at Los Banos and Week 10 vs. Merced.

MERCED 41, GOLDEN VALLEY 16, at Merced -- Stephon Mathis had 11 carries for 204 yards and TDs, while quarterback Allen Huddleston passed for TDs and ran for another as the top-ranked Bears (6-1, 3-0) ran past the rival Cougars (0-8, 0-4). Mathis' 51-yard TD run closed the first quarter, giving Merced a 20-3 lead. Huddleston, who had a 29-yard TD run in the first quarter, hit Kenny Cooper with a 19-yard TD pass and Eddie Beavers with a 32-yard scoring toss to push the lead to 34-3 lead in the third quarter.

The Bears' defense held GV to a field goal through three quarters and had a season-high seven sacks.

TURLOCK 17, BUHACH COLONY 6, at Atwater -- Derek Woods opened the scoring with a 24-yard TD run in the first quarter, but it was his 74-yard TD dash in the fourth quarter that sealed the fourth-ranked Bulldogs' (6-1, 3-1) win over the Thunder (2-6, 0-4). Hodari Peterson's 96-yard TD pass from Kyle Davey brought the Thunder to within 10-6 early in the fourth quarter.

Bee staff contributed to this report.

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