TURLOCK — It didn’t take long after the final whistle for the chants to start from the Pitman student section.
“We want Buhach! We want Buhach!”
The Pride will get the Thunder next week. The stage is set for a Central California Conference showdown of unbeatens after Pitman crushed Golden Valley 56-10 at Joe Debely Stadium on Friday night. The Pride (1-0 CCC, 6-0 overall) took advantage of six interceptions, running two back for scores.
Offensively, Pitman pounded the ball on the ground Kody Bracket (111 rushing yards and two touchdowns) and Brent Nelle (91 rushing yards).
The night started quickly for Golden Valley (0-1, 2-4).
Andre Bodiker intercepted an A.J. Derr pass to set up the Cougars offense at the Pride 26-yard line.
A roughing the passing penalty on Pitman helped move the ball closer and three plays later Ernie Teal scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead with 7:54 left in the first quarter.
The quick score had the Golden Valley sideline jumping up and down.
The excitement didn’t last long as Pitman quickly took control of the game.
Brackett broke free for a 61-yard touchdown run two plays later to tie the game at 7-7.
An 8-yard punt by GV on its next possession set up the Pride offense at the Cougars’ 37-yard line.
Pitman struck quickly with a play-action pass from Derr to Zach Olsen for a 40-yard scoring strike. The missed extra point kept the lead at 13-7 with 4:44 left in the first quarter.
Golden Valley quarterback Ridge Bertuccio wasn’t on the same page with his receivers often.
Miscommunication on the next possession led to an interception that Brent Nelle returned 47 yards for a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion left the score 19-7.
Bertuccio completed 23 of 43 passes for 255 yards, but threw all six interceptions. Pitman shut down the Cougars running game, holding Teal to just 54 yards on 23 carries.
Tyler Arnsberg did hurt his old team with a 64-yard touchdown catch and run late in the first half that helped stretch the lead to 35-10.
Derr’s 11-yard run gave Pitman a 41-10 lead at intermission.
Le Grand 47, Delhi 3
LE GRAND -- The battle between the top two teams in the Southern League was a rout.
Bulldogs running back Daniel Guizar had a career night with 293 rushing yards and five touchdowns on just 12 carries.
Guizar scored on runs of 54, 51, 60, 61 and 7 yards for Le Grand (3-0 SL, 6-0).
Zach Moreno added five catches for 141 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch.
Los Banos 45, Ceres 14
CERES -- James Sams ran for three touchdowns as the Tigers cruised to a win over the Bulldogs.
Central Catholic 65, Pacheco 6
LOS BANOS -- The Raiders returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looked back against the Panthers.
Washington Union 55, Dos Palos 3
DOS PALOS -- Kaylan Hill continued his hard running for Dos Palos, picking up 116 rushing yards on 22 carries, but the Broncos couldn't match Washington Union's firepower. Quarterback Chris Cain passed for 192 yards and three TDs for the Panthers.