Pearland dominates West Brook 32-0

PEARLAND — There are games when the offense is in total control and then there are games when the defense is the dominate force.

There is an old adage that says, "Offense wins games, defense wins championships."

In the case of Pearland's first playoff game, the Oilers defense showed it was in championship form holding the Bruins to an anemic 45 total yards including six yards on the ground and 39 yards through the air.

West Brook only crossed into Pearland territory one time the entire game and that was aided by a penalty to the Oilers 48 in the second half. The next play, the Bruins were back on their side thanks to a quarterback sack and they never crossed the 50 again.

“The defense played lights out,” Pearland head coach Tony Heath said. “West Brook has one of the top receivers in the state, if not the country.

“Coach (James) Farmer and the defensive staff did a good job of putting a package together, and gave our offense very good field position all night.”

Meanwhile, the Pearland offense did just enough to get the win as they didn't didn't look as sharp as they did in their win against Manvel.

“Offensively, we had opportunities early in the first half to make it a totally different ballgame, but turnovers killed us,” Heath said.

“In tight games, that’s something you worry about – and you can’t miss opportunities like that in big games like this. Fortunately, it’s a four-quarter game.”

The Oilers scored only once in the first half when Davier Pinkston score on a 6-yard run. Cody Bernstein added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

It was the defense that got a safety in the second quarter making the score 9-0 at intermission.

Normally, that would be of concern, but the way the Pearland defense was controlling the West Brook offense, it was just a matter of time before the offense would do their part to clinch the playoff win.

Pearland added 23 points in the second half with 17 coming in the fourth quarter against a team that was clearly worn down.

Heath has preached playing the full 48 minutes and that's what Pearland did as West Brook began to physically wear down in the latter minutes.

The Oilers scored one touchdown in the third when Cody Williams rammed across the goal line for a 1-yard score. The two-point conversion came up short leaving the Oilers with a 15-0 lead.

Pearland erupted for three scores in the fourth as Ronald Adams scored on a 2-yard run, Chase Foster pushed it across on a 1-yard plunge, and Bernstein booted a 26-yard field goal to post the 32-0 final score.

Quarterback Connor Blumrick hit 7-of-17 passing for 96 yards and had seven carries for 68 yards.

Adams had eight totes for 41 yards and one score. Evan Burgess had seven carries for 27 yards. Pinkston had 11 carries for 21 yards and one TD.

Cody Williams had four catches for 58 yards and five carries for eight yards and one TD.

Andrew Blanchard added one catch for 20 yards and Jonathan White had two grabs for 18 yards.

The Pearland offense will no doubt get geared up for their rematch with the Dickinson Gators on Saturday, November 21 at NRG Stadium at 2:00 p.m. The Oilers fell to the Gators last year so Heath and Co. will be looking to avenge that loss that eliminated them from the post-season in 2014.