Pearland rolls past Memorial 34-3

PEARLAND — Pearland won their season opener against The Woodlands College Park, but it really wasn't what head coach Tony Heath thought was real pretty.

There were too many mistakes and there were some fundamentals that needed to be addressed before the Oilers faced the Spring Branch Memorial Mustangs.

"The little things turn into big things,” Heath said. “You’ve got 11 guys doing 11 different things out there, and they all have to be in unison.

“That’s the key to being a successful football team. They all have to be on the same page, and that doesn’t happen in one day. We’ve been working hard at it, but it’s got to get better, and that’s a daily process that involves a lot of repetition.”

Despite the lackluster performance, Pearland still managed to win the game 25-14.

When the Oilers kicked off against Memorial, it was evident that a lot of progress had been made in a week. The offense looked much tighter as the passing game was more on target, the ground attack was even stronger, and the defense was faster and more aggressive.

For the second straight week, senior running back JaColbie Butler scored four touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards. Butler scored on runs of 45, 29, 6, and 14-yards.

It didn't take long for the Oilers to show Heath that they were on the right track as Butler broke free on the first possession for the crowd-pleasing 45-yard dash to paydirt. The PAT by Nicholas Keller also found the mark as opposed to the three missed extra point in week one.

After the Pearland defense forced Memorial to punt, four plays later and Butler added a 29-yard sprint for another touchdown giving the Oilers a 14-0 lead with 7:37 still remaining in the opening quarter.

Pearland added a third score early in the second quarter when Butler scored on a 6-yard run. The PAT was good and the Oilers had a comfortable 21-0 lead with 9:25 left before intermission.

Memorial finally put together some offense and drove the ball to the Pearland 14, but were forced to settle for a 31-yard field goal cutting the lead to 21-3 before half time.

Pearland continued to control the second half as they did the first half.

Butler scored his fourth touchdown with 5:18 left in the third quarter on a nifty 14-yard run. The PAT failed and the Oilers had a 27-3 advantage.

That pretty well ended the night for Butler as running back Chase Foster got in the action during the second half. Butler finished with 15 carries for 143 yards giving him 355 yards and eight touchdowns in just two games on the season.

Pearland added one more score when quarterback Jake Blumrick scored on a 1-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter making the final score 34-3. The reserves took over to close out the game.

Blumrick had a much better game against Memorial as he hit 10-of-14 passing for 143 yards and he had two carries for 15 yards and one TD.

Cody Williams was his favorite target with five catches for 93 yards. Jonathan Sam had two grabs for 26 yards.

Defensively, defensive end Joey Longoria had two assisted tackles and three tackles for a loss. Junior linebacker Zane Gonzales and sophomore linebacker Derek Parish each had one assisted stop and six unassisted tackles.

Pearland finished with 361 total yards and 18 first downs while the defense held Memorial to 165 total yards and 12 first downs.The Mustangs were limited to 118 yards on the ground and 47 through the air.

The Oilers will travel to Pasadena Memorial Stadium on Thursday, September 11 to face the Dobie Longhorns at 7:00 p.m. in the District 22-6A opener for both teams.