Pearland takes out College Park 41-20

PEARLAND — Getting started at the beginning of a game sometimes proves to be the biggest challenge and the Pearland Oilers found that to be true against the Conroe College Park Cavaliers in the season opener for both teams.

College Park took their second drive down the field to score on a six-yard run with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The Oilers responded with a drive of their own capped off with a 2-yard quarterback keeper by junior Connor Blumrick. Cody Bernstein added the PAT and game was tied at 7-7.

Pearland held the Cavaliers to three and out following the ensuing kickoff. On fourth down, a high snap flew over the head of the College Park punter into the end zone. The Oilers ended up with a safety and a 9-7 lead at the 1:36 mark of the opening period.

The Oilers got the ball back on the free kick and drove to the Cavaliers 17 before the short possession stalled leaving Pearland to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Bernstein and a 12-7 advantage.

Neither team could get much offense going in the second quarter until College Park found the end zone again with 1:26 left in the first half. The two-point conversion was stopped short by the Pearland defense and the Cavaliers took a 13-12 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

The second half belonged to the Oilers as they outscored the visitors 29-7 to pick up their first win of the 2015 football season.

Pearland hit a big play early in the third quarter when QB Jacob Whitehead tossed a short pass to wide receiver Cody Williams.

Williams took the ball around right end and sprinted 73-yards for the touchdown. Bernstein booted the extra point giving the Oilers the lead at 19-13.

College Park answered with a 17-yard scoring run by A.J. Sanders. The PAT was good and the Cavaliers had a 20-19 lead with 4:36 left in the third.

It took only 12 seconds for Pearland to grab the lead for good when junior running back got the handoff after the ensuing kickoff. The speedster ripped through the line, broke to the outside, and raced to a 76-yard scoring jaunt and a 25-20 lead for the Oilers with 4:24 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed.

The Pearland defense kept College Park out of the end zone the rest of the way as the Oilers added more points on offense.

The Oilers would score again at the end of the third period when Chase Foster bulled his way over the goal line. The two-point conversion came up short leaving the Oilers with a 31-20 advantage.

Pearland added 10 more points in the fourth when Bernstein added a 21-yard field goal.and Jake Orlando caught a 5-yard scoring toss from Whitehead to post the 41-20 final score.

Whitehead was 6-of-11 passing for 86 yards and two TDs. Blumrick was 7-of-10 passing for 85 yards.

Pinkston led the ground attack with 10 carries for 133 yards and one score. Foster had six totes for 30 yards and one TD.

Williams had four grabs for 91 yards and one TD. Hunter Smith had four catches for 34 yards.

Pearland outgained College Park 396-249 with 180 rushing and 216 in the air.

The Oilers will travel to Tully Stadium on Friday, September 4 to face the Spring Branch Memorial Mustangs at 7:00 p.m.