TURLOCK — Pitman High erupted for 33 points in the second quarter en route to a dominating 68-8 victory over Enochs in the season opener Saturday night at Joe Debely Stadium.
Enochs, which did not have a scrimmage last week due to the death of teammate Kaylan Carter on Aug. 16, played like a team still dealing with its collective grief.
This was in the back of my mind, Enochs coach James Stacy said of his teams emotional state. I was curious how theyd react after all theyve been through and howd they deal with it.
To be sure, the heavy hearts and lack of a full-contact scrimmage contributed to the rout, but Pitman was clearly the better of the two teams.
I thought the kids played well, said first-year Pitman coach Tom Tyler. Im happy with every facet. Im really pleased. I couldnt be more proud.
Pitman fumbled on its opening drive of the season, after penetrating Enochs territory, and that seemed to anger the Pride. The next time Pitman had the ball, it put together a crisp drive that resulted in 27-yard hook-up between quarterback Wyatt Clapper and Logan Wolfley.
Enochs went three-and-out on its next possession and Pitman cashed in again when Drew Lewis scored on a 14-yard run.
The Pride was just getting warmed up.
Leading by 14 heading into the second quarter, they erupted for five touchdowns.
Mario Lewis (12 carries, 78 yards) scored on a 5-yard run; Drew Lewis scored again on a 91-yard punt return; and Wolfley and Clapper hooked up again, this time on a 56-yard strike.
After Enochs scored its first touchdown of the game aided by two 15-yard penalties against Pitman on a 21-yard TD strike by quarterback Shawn Munoz, the Pride got right back to scoring.
Drew Lewis (eight carries, 131 yards) scored on a 61-yard run up the home sideline. Clapper then hooked up with kicker Donovan Bravo on a 37-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left in the half.
Drew Lewis scored again to open the second half, busting loose from 27 yards to make it 54-8, and Johnny Green closed out the third quarter with 2-yard burst up the middle to make it 61-8.
Alex Rodins 1-yard plunge with 7:04 and Donovans extra-point provided the 60-point margin.
As one might expect, with six rushing touchdowns and three TD passes, the Pitman offensive line did its job well.
They did a good job pass blocking and run blocking, said Tyler. I was pleased with the way we ran and caught the ball tonight.
Clapper was 6-of-8 for 151 yards and three TDs, all in the first half, and Wolfley rushed for 48 yards on five attempts. He also caught four passes for 89 yards and two TDs.