VISALIA — The Modesto Junior College Pirates opened the Valley Conference season Saturday afternoon with the greatest offensive performance in the 92-year history of the program.
The Pirates rewrote their record book with their 76-32 win over previously unbeaten Sequoias:
The 76 points topped the 73 totaled against West Hills in 1995.
The Pirates' 738 net yards erased the 698 against Chabot in 2007.
TeeJay Gordon's five touchdown passes tied a school record he shares with four others.
Modesto (3-3, 1-0) shocked the Giants (5-1, 0-1) on their homecoming by driving for touchdowns on seven of nine possessions in the first half and 11 of 16 for the game. The Pirates led 50-19 at halftime and snapped a three-game losing streak.
"We had a special gleam in our eyes today. It was a different type of intensity for the first league game," MJC coach Sam Young said. "A tip of the hat goes to our sophomore leaders."
Gordon, one of the sophomores, completed 31 of 41 passes for 325 yards and the five touchdowns, including another TD rushing.
Modesto also gashed COS for 425 rushing yards (missing another school record by only 20 yards), featuring Aden Ruiz with 17 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns plus a 2-pointer. James Sams rushed 13 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Anthony Cota had 85 yards on 13 attempts.
The Pirates quickly took charge on Gordon's touchdown passes of 7 yards to Justice Jordan and 37 yards to Zach Moreno. After both scores, Modesto clicked for 2-point conversions to lead 16-0.
Souza caught seven passes for 75 yards and a TD, and tight end Jake McCreath also snagged seven for 66 yards and a touchdown. Mike Milbourne gathered in an 8-yard pass from Gordon late in the game to end the scoring.
"TeeJay was on fire, the line was giving him time and we just executed all day," Young said. "We played at our highest level and overwhelmed them."