Pearland blanks Pasadena Dobie 35-0


PEARLAND — Former Pearland assistant and offensive coordinator Mike Norman returned to The Rig with his new team, the Pasadena Dobie Longhorns, since becoming the head coach back in the summer.

For 23 years, Norman wore the Pearland P and maroon and black. Now, he wears the burnt orange of Dobie.

Pearland head coach Tony Heath is close friends with Norman and has been very supportive his his recent career move, but Norman predicted back in the summer what was going to happen when he returned back to The Rig in a different color shirt and on the visitor's sideline.

"I’m a firm believer that God has a plan for everything, and this was part of His plan,” Norman said. “Tony helped me grow tremendously. He’s a great mentor, a great friend, and taught me so much about the game of football and the game of life.

But he certainly isn't going to slack off when we have to play one another during the regular season."

Norman's prophetic prediction came true this past Friday night when Dobie took the field in the District 22-6A opener for both teams.

Dobie entered the game looking for their first victory under Norman's guidance and while they played hard for their new mentor, they will have to look for another team to give Norman's first win as their new head coach as the Oilers blanked the 'Horns 35-0.

Both teams ran 56 plays, but Pearland outgained the Longhorns 404 yards to 170 yards.

The Oilers had a balanced attack with 191 yards on the ground and 213 through the air.

Pearland had a solid drive to open the game but it stalled at the Dobie 10. With 7:40 left in the opening quarter, Cody Bernstein booted a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

The Oilers kept Dobie's offense in check and finally found paydirt when Pearland scored early in the second quarter when QB Jacob Whitehead hit Andrew Blanchard on a 45-yard scoring pass. Davier Pinkston added the two-point conversion and the Oilers were up 11-0 with 11:09 left.

Pearland scored two more times in the first half when Pinkston snagged a 22-yard circus catch in the end zone from QB Connor Blumrick. The PAT by Bernstein was good and the Oilers were up 18-0.

The Oilers added three more points with only 51 seconds left before intermission on a 32-yard field goal by Bernstein for a 21-0 advantage at the break.

Pearland's defense controlled the second half while the Oilers added a pair of touchdowns to seal Dobie's fate.

The Oilers started its initial drive of the third quarter at its own 40 and scored on a nine-play, 60-yard scoring march.

The touchdown came when Whitehead faked the handoff on a read-option, and sprinted ahead 14 yards untouched for the score with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Pinkston scored is second touchdown on a sensational 32-yard run with 11:48 showing on the clock. The PAT was good and Pearland posted the 35-0 final score.

Pinkston finished the game with 13 carries for 97 yards and a pair of scores plus a two-point conversion.

Whitehead had a strong grip on the offense hitting 9-of-11 passing for 191 yards and one TD.

Cody Williams continues to lead the receivers with three catches for 99 yards.

The Oilers (3-0, 1-0) will travel to Pasadena Veterans Stadium on Saturday, September 19 to face the Pasadena Eagles (2-1, 0-1) at 6:00 p.m. Pasadena opened up District 22-6A action last week with a 62-0 loss to Pasadena Memorial.