by Will James
The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Football Championships resume Friday in Quarter-Final Round Playoff action when the #7 seed Pitman (Turlock) Pride visit the #2 seed Monterey Trail Mustangs in a Division-1 bout live on Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.
Access Sacramento presents live coverage of this game on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14, with the pre-game show at 6:40 p.m. and kickoff at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live only on the NFHS Network. Replays Saturday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday 7 p.m. will be on cable TV and live streamed also from AccessSacramento.org.
Coach Tom Tyler’s Pitman Pride is coming off last week’s impressive 40-21 home victory over a solid Davis team. the Pride placed 2nd in the Central California League with a 4-1 record, 10-1 overall.
The offensive prowess of QB Treyton Fair, RBs Julian Lindo, Jakob Partida, Marcus Garza, and Peyton Bass along with WR Denzel Steckwren are the driving forces for the Pride’s scoring average of 34.8. The Pitman defense, despite surrendering 33 points to Turlock in its only loss, yields just 18 ppg.
Coach T.J. Ewing’s Metropolitan League champion Monterey Trail Mustangs enter the fray with their first undefeated season at 10-0 with impeccable credentials having had a bye in the playoff bracket last week.
Abundant firepower in the Mustangs’ vaunted Veer Offense has registered explosive scoring numbers beginning with a 49.6 scoring average. Their skill position players are among the elite of the section, featuring QB Zach Larrier, and an ultra-potent platoon of quality RBs including, Jehiel Budgett, Larrier, Viktor Oliver, Prophet Brown, Thaddeus Hills, and Caleb Ramseur have amassed 3527 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns. WR Andre Crump is Larrier’s favorite target, averaging 23.9 yards on 22 receptions, accounting for 11 touchdowns.
The Monterey Trail’s defense is equally daunting. The Mustangs have allowed just 90 points this season, allowing opposing offenses an average of just 9 points per game.
With home field advantage to accompany its superlative overall credentials, Monterey Trail appears to be a heavy favorite in this contest . . . with a warning, not to play Pitman short.