Pearland thumps Alief Elsik 39-14

PEARLAND — Rain and lightening may have delayed the inevitable for the Alief Elsik Rams to spoil their Homecoming celebration.

Pearland used to be the favorite Homecoming opponent before 1997, but very few teams place the Oilers on their schedule for Homecoming now. Perhaps Elsik may have thought it would serve as an extra motivator, but Pearland did what they usually do and that was to spoil the festive activities.

"The first half was really good," Oiler first-year head coach James Farmer said. "I thought we were really good in all three phases.

"Then we had the delay, and I was proud of how the kids bounced back. We really picked up where we left off."

Pearland was ahead 9-0 before the rain and lightening forced a 45-minutes delay, but once the two teams hit the field again, it was business as usual for the Oilers as they took complete control of the game on both sides of the ball.

The Oilers took an early 3-0 lead at the 8:21 mark of the first quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Jacob Keller.

It took less than two minutes for the Oilers to strike again as junior quarterback Austin Landry hit a wide-open Evan Burgess for a 58-yard scoring bomb to make the score 9-0 after a missed PAT.

Pearland scored again when they drove 62-yards in seven plays with Landry scoring on a 1-yard keeper for a 15-0 after a missed two-point conversion.

A 7-yard run by Jaelin Benefield upped the lead to 22-0 as they completed a 13-play, 63-yard scoring drive.

The Oilers increased the lead to 29-0 when Landry hit Malcolm Linton on a slant pass and Linton did the rest with an inside move to score with only seven seconds before intermission.

Pearland added 10 points in the second half which began with an 18-play drive that was capped off by scrambling run by Landry for an 11-yard touchdown making the score 36-0 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

The final points came for the Oilers with 3:31 left to go in the game as Keller nailed a 22-yard field goal making the final score 39-14.

Elsik scored once in the third and once in the fourth quarters to make the score a little closer than what the game really was.

"In the second half, we played some backups and it got a little bit sloppy, but we needed to get those guys in there," Farmer said. "They played hard and I can't fault them for that.

"Without our No. 1's in there, we have to have our backups on the field to know what to do when their number is called."

Benefield led the offense with 18 carries for 138 yards and two TDs.

Landry was 8-of-17 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns with one INT.

Burgess had one catch for 58 yards and one TD. Linton had three grabs for 45 yards and one score. Cinsai Pinkston had two catches for 30 yards. Brett White had three grabs for 24 yards.

Pearland will host the Alief Taylor Lions on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig.