Mistakes and turnovers lead to Pearland loss

PEARLAND — As the season winds down, teams are hoping to be playing with more consistency while making fewer errors.

Miscues and turnovers, at this point in the season, usually lead to losses that ordinarily wouldn't happen.

It is reasonable to assume that five turnovers against a good team will not turn out with a good result and that could be said about Pearland's 28-21 loss to George Ranch, a team that is fighting for a place in the playoffs.

The Oilers have only one game left for the regular season against the Brazoswood Buccaneers who are out of the playoff picture, but would love to play the spoiler when they come to The Rig this Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Pearland is now 4-3 overall and 3-2 in District 23-6A behind Dawson (4-0), Alief Hastings (4-1), and a game in front of George Ranch (2-2).

The Oilers beat Hastings, Taylor, and Elsik while falling to Dawson (38-35) and George Ranch (28-21). Pearland needs to beat Brazoswood (0-4) to get locked into the post-season for the 18th consecutive year.

As it stands now, Pearland and Hastings will enter the 6A Div. I playoffs while Dawson and George Ranch will be in the 6A Div. II bracket.

But the Oilers need to take care of Brazoswood to snap their two-game losing streak and to gather some momentum entering the post-season.

George Ranch won the 2015 Class 5A Div. I state championship before being moved up to Class 6A. They are a young school and have developed a winning tradition.

The Longhorns have had to overcome multiple injuries to outstanding players so when Pearland traveled to Traylor Stadium to take on a crippled George Ranch team, they didn't need to give them additional help.

Unfortunately, that was one of the contributing factors that led to Pearland's demise as they lost 2-of-3 fumbles and threw a pair of interceptions. Two of the fumbles occurred inside the red zone that should have resulted in a Pearland score.

George Ranch scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 10 and 14-yard runs for a 14-0 lead.

Pearland managed to score on a safety to cut the margin to 14-2 at the end of the opening quarter.

The Longhorns scored two more times in the second period on a 29-yard scoring pass to open up a 21-2 lead, but the Oilers responded with a 37-yard scoring strike from quarterback Austin Landry to Adam Tillman to make the score 21-8 as the 2-point conversion was no good.

George Ranch added another score when they got behind the Pearland secondary for a 76-yard scoring bomb and a 28-8 advantage at intermission.

The Oilers defense shut down the Longhorns in the second half, but the offense couldn't make up the deficit as Jacob Keller booted two field goals of 27 and 28 yards to cut the lead to 28-14 and Landry hit Tillman on a 40-yard scoring strike to cut the margin to 28-21, all in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.

Pearland out gained George Ranch 404-274 in total yards and ran 76 plays to the Longhorns 51.

Landry had 121 yards rushing on 25 carries while hitting 10-of-31 passing for 218 yards and two TDs and two INTs. Jaelin Benefield added 12 carries for 45 yards.

Tillman had five catches for 162 yards and two TDs.

The Oilers will host Brazoswood on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in the final game of the regular season.