PITTSBURG, Texas – Pleasant Grove’s defense dominated from beginning to end Friday night as the Hawks rolled past Pittsburg in both teams district opener, 48-9.
The Pirates were held to 109 total yards. Pittsburg’s defense accounted for all nine of the Pirates’ points by recovering a bad snap in the Hawks’ end zone for a first quarter touchdown, and a two-pointer on a missed PAT attempt by PG.
Six Pleasant Grove players scored touchdowns, including defenders Reese Elrod and Landon Jackson. Elrod returned an interception 27 yards for his six-pointer in the second quarter. Jackson picked up a fumble and raced 58 yards in the same quarter for his score.
The Hawks captured early control with 20 unanswered points in the first five minutes.
Hawks dominated from the beginning
Sophomore Jaylen Boardley scored of a 29-yard run with 10:54 left in the opening period. Logan Johnson added a 3-yard scoring run with 7:58 left. Less than a minute later Nick Martin scored on a 3-yard run.
Pittsburg forced a punting situation on the Hawks’ fourth possession. The snap was high, rolling into the end zone where Melvin Bates recovered for the Pirates.
Pleasant Grove quickly answered on a 6-yard run by Imahd Hicks. Elrod and Jackson followed to make it 40-7 at intermission.
The Hawks’ only points in the second half came on a safety, and 9-yard run by Hicks in the fourth quarter.
Pleasant Grove used 11 running backs, with Johnson and Hicks both gaining 58 yards. The Pirates managed only 26 yards on 25 carries.
Neither team was successful throwing the ball. The Hawks had 14 yards via the airways, while two Pittsburg quarterbacks completed 7 of 29 passes for 83 yards.
Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson did some experimenting early by starting the 6-7 Jackson at fullback.