PHS HOMECOMING KING SCORES – Pearland’s Triston Gibson, who was crowned 2016 Homecoming King, scores on a 30-yard pass from QB Jacob Whitehead to help the Oilers to a 35-3 district victory. Pearland (5-2, 2-1) will host Dawson (5-1, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in the 3rd Annual Strickland Chevrolet Dawson-Pearland Bowl which should be a sellout. (Photo by Lloyd Hendricks)
By DR. DAVID DAVIS
Pearland fans were treated to Homecoming festivities including an outstanding performance by the Pearland High School band and it was capped off with a 35-3 victory over the Alief Hastings Bears.
The Oilers improve to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in District 23-6A action.
The game was a little slow starting for the Oilers as Hastings drew first blood with a 36-yard field goal by Andy Lopez with 5:45 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.
Little did the Bears know that would be as close as Hastings (1-6, 1-2) would get to getting a win over the Oilers.
Pearland’s first two possessions moved the ball down the field only to be forced to punt.
The third time Pearland took possession on their own 23 and drove to the Hastings seven-yard line before fumbling the ball to the Bears at the four-yard line early in the second quarter.
The Oilers defense came up with a big play with a big stop on fourth down and one at the Pearland 39.
Pearland still couldn’t take advantage as a fourth down pass fell incomplete giving the Bears the ball at their own 34.
After Hasting moved the ball to the Pearland 37, Pearland’s Johnny Tamayo came up with an interception for the Oilers at their own 7.
The Oilers finally put together a sustained drive led by senior quarterback Jacob Whitehead.
Whitehead moved the offense to find paydirt as Jaelin Benefield found a hole and scored on a 13-yard scamper with 4:47 left before intermission making the score 7-3 following the PAT by Jacob Keller.
The second half belonged to the Oilers as they scored on their first four possessions to build a 35-3 lead which would end up being the final score.
Senior running back Davier Pinkston, who has battled injuries this season, proved to be the difference-maker and catalyst for the Oilers in the second half surge.
Pinkston scored twice on runs of 6 and 21-yards sandwiched by a 30-yard scoring pass from Whitehead to Homecoming King Triston Gibson for a 28-3 advantage.
The final score came early in the fourth quarter when Stone Croasdaile powered his way for an 18-yard scamper for a TD with 10:51 left in the game making the final 35-3.
Whitehead was 9-of-15 passing for 132 yards and one TD while backup QB Brendan Buckley was 7-for-11 for 61 yards.
Pinkston picked up 102 yards on 11 carries and two TDs. Benefield had 13 carries for 90 yards and one score.
Gibson was the leading receiver with five grabs for 68 yards and one TD. Brett White had four catches for 25 yards.
The win improves the Oilers overall record to 5-2 and 2-1 in district. Pearland will host Dawson (5-1, 2-0) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in the 3rd Annual Strickland Chevrolet Dawson-Pearland Bowl which should be a sellout.