The stage is now set after Pearland beat Pasadena Memorial 30-3. The No. 5 state-ranked Oilers improve to 9-0 on the season and will now face the No. 4 state-ranked Manvel Mavericks (8-0, 6-0) on Friday, November 7 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.
Pearland has an open date this week which will give the team some time to rest and some players time to mend.
As most sports fans figured, the District 22-6A championship would come down to the game between Pearland and Manvel and now that time will come in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Pearland has taken each game at a time this season and that included the game against the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks who are out of the playoff picture.
With running backs JaColbie Butler and Chase Foster out of the lineup due to injuries, the Oilers looked to senior QB Jake Blumrick to provide the firepower on offense.
The Pearland offense took a little while to get untracked as the Oilers could only come up with nine points in the first period.
Pearland drove the ball to the Mavericks three-yard line on their first possession of the game, but a fumble shut down the scoring opportunity.
However, the Pearland defense took advantage of the Memorial offense backed up deep in their own territory and the Oilers sacked Memorial QB Israel Trevino in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.
Pearland got the ensuing kickoff to start on their own 34. It took just two plays for the Oilers to find paydirt as Blumrick hit Ryan Diaz for a 40-yard scoring strike. Nicholas Keller booted the PAT and Pearland had a 9-0 lead with 1:58 left in the opening quarter.
Memorial scored their only points of the game on their next possession when they moved the ball to the Pearland 19. The Mavericks had to settle for a Jesus Dozal 36-yard field goal making the score 9-3.
The Oilers added to their lead on their next possession when Davier Pinkston scored on a 13-yard run with 7:22 left in the first half to wrap up a 66-yard drive in nine plays. Pinkston was the workhorse in the drive with seven carries.
Pearland got the ball back again on their 34 with a 16-3 lead.
It took only four plays for the Oilers to score to complete another 66-yard touchdown. This time, Blumrick hit Daniel Petty for a 13-yard completion and picked up 12-yards on a QB keeper before finding Diaz again to complete a 39-yard scoring catch and run. Diaz used a good fake on a defender to race to the end zone.
With Pearland leading 23-3, the Oilers mounted one last scoring drive before intermission.
Blumrick lead the drive going 4-for-4 passing to complete a 63-yard scoring drive.
The senior signal-caller hit Jonathan Sam, Petty, and Diaz before hooking up with Brady Basso for an 18-yard scoring toss. The PAT by Keller was good and the Oilers had all the points they needed to close out the Mavericks at 30-3.
Blumrick had one of his best games of the year as he was 19-of-25 for 302 yards and three TDs. He was 13-of-14 in the first half.
Pinkston led the ground game with 13 carries for 46 yards and one score.
Diaz was the favorite target of Blumrick with seven catches for 109 yards and two scores. Cody Williams had five grabs for 76 yards. Sam had two catches for 48 yards. Petty had two grabs for 34 yards and Basso had one catch for 18 yards and a score.
Pearland’s defense held the Mavericks to only 155 total yards while the Oilers finished with 439 yards.
Head coach Tony Heath welcomes the bye week as the team needs to get well and each individual players needs to work on preparing to give their best against Manvel.
Pearland has secured the No. 1 seed in the 6A Region III Div. I playoffs and Manvel is the top seed in Division II.