Pearland has had an up and down season having to battle injuries especially at quarterback. But the team has rallied together each week and come up with some clutch wins along the way.
The Oilers faced the defending Class 5A Div. I state champions who moved up to Class 6A after the realignment by the University Interscholastic League.
The move up to face the big boys hasn’t fared well for the Longhorns. After going 16-0 last season, George Ranch has lost four games to Dickinson, The Woodlands, Dawson, and now Pearland.
A pre-season pick to finish in first place, George Ranch will finish fourth to grab the final playoff spot in District 23-6A.
The Oilers utilized a strong defense to hold the Longhorns to only 202 total yards including only 90 passing.
“The defense has been the core of the team this year, especially when we lost Connor (Blumrick),” Pearland coach Tony Heath said. “I thought this was really a team win. We got first downs when we needed them. We moved the ball on their defense. Even special teams did well.”
After an opening quarter that produced no points for either team in the first quarter, Pearland was the first to get on the scoreboard on a 25-yard field goal by Jacob Keller with 9:33 left in the second period for a 3-0 lead.
The Longhorns took the lead with 4:43 left in the first half when Antonio Jackson scored on a 12-yard run for a 7-3 advantage.
But the Oilers answered when the defense set up the offense for the winning score in the final two minutes of the second quarter.
Jackson fumbled a snap, and Pearland recovered on the George Ranch 25-yard line. On the next play, Davier Pinkston scored on a 25-yard run to give the Oilers a 10-7 lead that they took to the dressing room at intermission..
The only score in the second half belonged to the Oilers when they drove the ball to the George Ranch 9-yard line where the drive stalled.
Keller entered the field on fourth down and calmly drilled a 26-yard field goal giving Pearland a 13-7 lead which stood the rest of the way.
Pearland racked up 330 total yards as quarterback Jacob Whitehead was 12-of-21 passing for 209 yards.
Running back Davier Pinkston had 110 rushing yards on 25 carries and a TD.
Wide receiver Daniel Petty had five clutch catches for 128 yards. Jaelin Benefield had three grabs for 43 yards and Triston Gibson had two catches for 25 yards.
Pearland improves to 6-3 and will travel to Clute on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. to face the Brazoswood Buccaneers (3-5, 0-4) who are winless in district.